Worcester Organ Concert Series Lunchtime Event
The Worcester Organ Concerts Series will delight audiences of all ages in an exciting lunchtime event on April 10. The feature performer, Marcel Sanders, has won the Worcester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) scholarship not once but twice. Accompanying this highly accomplished musician will be the Youth Ensemble of New England under the esteemed direction of Dr. Connie Rittenhouse Drexler.
Where is the concert to take place? It will be held at Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street, Worcester, MA.
For those of you who do not know, Mechanics Hall is fashioned in a Renaissance Revivalist style. The Worcester County Mechanics Association built the Hall in 1857, and the Association still maintains ownership today. The building was renovated in 1977 and is considered one of the finest concert sites in North America. Perhaps even more impressive, it ranks as a distinguished venue even when including European locations.
Prior to renovation, Mechanics Hall was in considerable need of repair. Because of this, it fell out of favor as a revered hall and began hosting sporting events like boxing and wrestling. When the structure became in jeopardy of sale, the Worcester Heritage Society intervened. Impressively, many community loyalists combined their efforts, and approximately $5,000,000 was raised. Providentially, the necessary repairs and updates were made, and Mechanics Hall regained its rightful place as a top-notch facility. In fact, the magnificent acoustics in the building has attracted legendary and local talent, alike.
The Great Hall within Mechanics Hall houses a fantastic organ (Hook Organ). This beloved instrument is the oldest unaltered four-keyboard pipe organ in the Western Hemisphere. The 52 stops, 3,504 pipes beauty, restored in 1982, has been the center of concert and television recordings. In fact, there is a recording studio right in the building! Mechanics Hall was even the backdrop for a video featuring Michael Crawford. The incomparable Michael Crawford was the first West End and Broadway “Phantom of the Opera.”
And the lunchtime event on April 10?
There will be cabaret-style seating, and concert-goers can bring a lunch or buy one at the Hall (while they last). Admission is free, and the concert begins at noon.
Yes, free. Goodness, enjoy!