Old Salem to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Historic Tannenberg Organ With Special Evening Concert on March 14 and a Free Day of Events on March 15

Old Salem Museums & Gardens will host a special evening concert on Friday, March 14 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the restoration of the 1800 Tannenberg Organ that is housed in the James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium in the Old Salem Visitor Center. The following day, Saturday, March 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Old Salem will continue the celebration with demonstrations, mini-recitals, and a birthday celebration (including cake) in honor of David Tannenberg who was born on March 21, 1728. The events on March 15 are free and open to the public.

Attendees on Friday evening will enjoy an organ recital by Peter Sykes, one of the most distinguished and versatile keyboard artists performing today. He is Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Historical Performance Department at Boston University and Director of Music at First Church, Cambridge, MA. For more information visit petersykes.com.

“Sykes played a brilliant rededicatory recital on March 19, 2004 in celebration of the Tannenberg's installation,” said Scott Carpenter, Coordinator of Music Programs, Tannenberg Organs, at Old Salem. “Therefore it is very fitting for him to celebrate the organ’s 10 year anniversary.”

Admission for the concert is $15 for adults and $5 for students.  Tickets will be available for purchase at the door or may be reserved / purchased in advance by calling Old Salem Group Tours at 1-800-441-5305. A reception will follow the concert.

About Old Salem’s Tannenberg Organ
The historical importance of the magnificent organ David Tannenberg completed in 1800 for Home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was recognized at the time of its dismantling in 1910, and it was not destroyed but remained in storage in various locations for 88 years. Tannenberg built about 40 organs during a career that began in 1758 and ended with his death in 1804. Unfortunately, only nine organs survive, and many of these have been significantly modified from their original design. The organ built for Home Moravian Church, the largest extant example of Tannenberg’s work, is the only surviving two-manual Tannenberg, and is largely intact.  With meticulous care and understanding, the organ was restored to its original state by Taylor & Boody Organbuilders of Staunton, Virginia. The restoration process took place from 1998-2004. Musically and visually it stands in Old Salem as a tribute to the talent and craftsmanship of a master organ builder and his remarkable musical achievement in the North Carolina Backcountry.

About Old Salem

Old Salem Museums & Gardens is one of America’s most comprehensive history attractions. Its museums—the Historic Town of Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), and the Gardens at Old Salem—engage visitors in an educational and memorable historical experience about those who lived and worked in the early South. Old Salem Museums & Gardens is located at 600 South Main Street in Winston-Salem. For more information call 336-721-7300 or visit oldsalem.org.

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