Thursday, August 26, 2010

Pipe organ concert to benefit Keweenaw Heritage Center Aug.26

CALUMET -- A pipe organ concert will take place at 7 p.m. TONIGHT, Thursday, Aug. 26, at the Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne's in Calumet. Thomas Kraska will be the featured organist on the 1899 historical Barckhoff tracker pipe organ.

The historic, restored Barckhoff organ in the Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne's in Calumet. (Keweenaw Now file photo)

Mr. Kraska is a resident of Chapel Hill, NC, and a summer resident of Big Traverse Bay. He is a retired chemical engineer and plays the organ part time in his church in Chapel Hill and also in Houghton at the St. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church.

Joining Mr. Kraska will be area musicians Sidney Butler on the harp, Libby Meyer on the violin, Kay Seppala on the flute and vocalist Barbara Lide. This beautiful ensemble will make for an enchanting evening of music.

The 1899 Barckhoff organ restoration was completed in 2009. Recently professional organist Christina Harmon of Dallas, Texas, came to the Copper Country to make a CD recording on the Barckhoff and seven other area historical pipe organs. Ms. Harmon was impressed that so many late-18th- and early-19th-century pipe organs remain in our area and wanted to make a recording of them to expose them to the world. Ms. Harmon discovered these unique pipe organs when she was invited by Pine Mountain Music Festival last summer to perform an organ recital.

Tickets for Thursday evening's performance will be available at the door for $5. The proceeds from this concert will benefit the handicap accessible project at the Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne's.

Click here to read about the 1899 Barckhoff organ restoration.

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