MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The first sounding of the Cathedrals restored and enhanced 1963 Skinner gallery organ anticipated to be heard at the Easter Vigil, set for 8 p.m. Saturday, has been postponed.
The final phase of the comprehensive restoration work on the Cathedral’s gallery organ is still in process.
Even though most of the work is done, acting Director of Sacred Music Lawrence Lawyer says hundreds of the system’s 5,000 delicate and handmade pipes are still undergoing painstaking refurbishment.
“What’s known as the reed pipe, what I like to call the ‘fire’ in the instrument, those take some time voicing, so our builder in Missouri just had some delays,” says Lawyer.
Lawyer will still be behind the recently restored 1927 Skinner, the older of the two massive pipe organs in the Cathedral and located directly behind the alter.
NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Chris Simon Reports