"Tearing a Page From Pipe-organ History"

From the January 9, 2014 issue of the Santa Barbara Independent:

Organist James Welch Comes to UCSB’s Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall

Recital Celebrates 40th Anniversary of the Flentrop Organ


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

"When you order a new car with “all the bells and whistles,” recognized or not, you’re tearing a page from pipe-organ history. Mighty theater organs like the Arlington Theatre’s Wonder Morton — great symphonic machines built during the silent-movie era — not only blow 10 thousand pipes but also shake and whirl a host of special effects like sleigh bells and train whistles. With the early-music revival of the mid-20th century, and its hunger for “authentic” instruments and styles, a lean, neo-baroque sensibility prevailed in the pipe-organ world, accompanied by a retreat from the electronic advantages of modern engineering and entertainment-culture excesses.

It comes as no surprise, then, that when designs were considered for a UCSB campus pipe organ to be installed in the late 1960s, the academic currents of the time prevailed, and a mechanical-action organ made by Dutch manufacturer Flentrop was chosen."

Read the rest of the article at the link: http://www.independent.com/news/2014/jan/08/organist-james-welch-comes-ucsbs-lotte-lehman-conc/