Old Salem to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Historic Tannenberg Organ With an Evening Concert and Lecture

"Old Salem Museums & Gardens will host a special evening concert on Friday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. and a lecture on Saturday, September 27 at 11 a.m. to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the 1800 Tannenberg Organ that is housed in the James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium in the Old Salem Visitor Center at 900 Old Salem Road.

Friday night attendees will enjoy a concert by Peter DuBois, Assistant Professor of Sacred Music at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.

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

On Saturday, September 27, DuBois will return to host a lecture entitled “The Future of Church Music and Thoughts on ‘With Heart and Voice’” at 11 a.m.  He is the host of the public radio program “With Heart and Voice” heard locally on WFDD. Admission to the Saturday lecture is free.

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 Tannenberg with two manuals and pedals, and it 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."

- A Press Release

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