“THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF THE PIPE ORGAN”
Unlocking the mysteries and magnificent sounds
of the Majestic King of Instruments!
Mary Mozelle’s “The Sights and Sounds of the Pipe Organ” is a narrated, musical program which is both entertaining and educational and which appeals to audiences of all ages. This fascinating program invites the listeners on a journey, both aural and visual, through Time and Sound, exploring the historical development of the pipe organ and taking a close-up look at why and how the pipe organ generates its wonderful sounds!
The purpose of “The Sights and Sounds of the Pipe Organ” is to give people a new appreciation for the Pipe Organ and to unveil some of the mysteries surrounding the instrument. After all, most people have no idea what goes on at the organ console although they are accustomed to hearing it every week in church! The Pipe Organ is a fascinating musical wonder and deserves to be recognized as The King of Instruments! As Honore de Balzac wrote “The Organ is in truth the grandest, the most daring, the most magnificent of all instruments invented by human genius. It is a whole orchestra in itself. It can express anything in response to a skilled touch.”
During “The Sights and Sounds of the Pipe Organ” listeners will learn HOW THE PIPE ORGAN IS MADE AND PLAYED and HOW THE PIPE ORGAN WORKS.
The audience will be delighted to HEAR the welcome sounds of familiar and favorite organ pieces. They will SEE the Organ Console with it’s multiple manuals, pedals for the feet, a myriad of stops and pistons and a sample “Pipe Display” that will demonstrate the various sizes and shapes of pipes in each of the “families”: Principals, Flutes, Strings and Reeds. At the end of the presentation, members of the audience can actually hold these pipes to become better acquainted.
After giving the audience a chance to see and hear all about how the Pipe Organ works, Mary will close the “The Sights and Sounds of the Pipe Organ” presentation with a performance of everyone’s favorite - the Toccata from Symphony No. 5 by Charles Marie Widor.
Critical Acclaim for......
“The Sights and Sounds of the Pipe Organ”
Mary Mozelle, Organist
J. Reilly Lewis
Cathedral Choral Society
Washington Bach Consort
Clarendon United Methodist Church
Sights and Sounds could not be a better description for Mary Mozelle's creative and compelling journey through the myriad intricacies and magnificent colors of the King of Instruments.
Not only the show and tell which led the audience through the various divisions of the organ and described the impressive console which controls the beast but also a well-selected and brilliantly executed sampling of some of the finest repertoire for this instrument kept everyone on the edge of their seats.
Mary's engaging personality and infectious enthusiasm is winning souls of all ages for this glorious music and for the mighty pipe organ which brings it all to resplendent life.
Paul J. Fulcher, Lively-Fulcher Pipe Organs
“Congratulations on such a great and well put together
A remarkable amount of general information about the pipe organ
and everyone I spoke to after said that they had learned so much
Mary McLaughlin, Program Coordinator
The Smithsonian Associates
“The audience was thrilled with the content of your program…..comments such as, ‘Great seminar!’ and ‘One of the best programs I’ve attended’ were expressed by participants throughout the day. The seminar was excellent on every count and reflected the high caliber and quality that one expects from the Smithsonian Institution.”
Carol Ann Barry, Director of Programs
Columbia Institute of Fine Arts
“The Sights and Sounds of the Pipe Organ was not
only entertaining, it was musically satisfying! The
examples were drawn from the finest literature. The
Widor at the end was breathtaking!”
Carol Guglielm, Past Dean of the Washington DC Chapter of the AGO
“Congratulations on the program yesterday. I thoroughly
enjoyed it, and I could tell the whole audience did too.
Educational, lively and entertaining! What more could