Old Salem Continues 10th Anniversary Celebration of Historic Tannenberg Organ

Special Evening Concert To Be Held on May 9

"Old Salem Museums & Gardens will host a special evening concert on Friday, May 9 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. as part of its celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the 1800 Tannenberg Organ that is housed in the James A. Gray, Jr Auditorium in the Old Salem Visitor Center.

Attendees will enjoy a concert by organist Marilyn Keiser, Chancellor’s Professor of Music Emeritus at Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.  Keiser was a professor of sacred music and applied organ at the school for 25 years before her retirement.  She has played at venues all over the world and in April 2013 received the American Guild of Organists Distinguished Artist Award.

Admission 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

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 eighty-eight 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."
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