Review of the CD released last year in the Classical Music Sentinel. Thanks again to Frederick Hohman for his stellar work on this project, and of course to Manuel Rosales
for building such a stunning work of art!
St. Paul's, Richmond VA, Calls New Minister of Music
David Sinden has been called as the new minister of music for St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia. The organ at St. Paul's is Rosales Opus 22. Click for an article on the church's website.
Opus 11: Trinity Cathedral, Portland OR - 20th Anniversary
The year 2007 marked the 20th anniversary of Rosales Opus 11 at Trinity Cathedral in Portland, Oregon. The event was observed by a recital featuring John Scott on October 29. Jonathan Ambrosino writes of this instrument:
It has been now eighteen years since I first saw that organ. I still have my handwritten notes and impressions from that visit (three years before my first laptop!). It was David Junchen who urged me to see it most of all, and Grahame Davis ... and seemingly countless others. Sometimes it's difficult to think back to those far more unyielding times, when its fusing of the supposedly unfusable reflected the culture as much as the instrument itself. It was a clear watershed, amplified by so many people understanding that very fact right from the start.
Opus 32: First Lutheran Church of Venice CA
A new page has been added to this website for the organ at First Lutheran Church of Venice, California. The instrument was a collaboration with Parsons Organ Builders. Click for more information.
David Britton Memorial Website
A website in memory of Dr. David Britton (1942-1992), concert organist and recording artist, has been established by Manuel Rosales. Anyone with material to contribute for the site may contact Manuel by email. Visit the site at DavidBrittonOrganist.info.
Opus 37: St. Edmund's, San Marino CA
We are honored to have been chosen to rebuild the historic Aeolian-Skinner organ at St. Edmund's Episcopal Church in San Marino, California, in the San Gabriel Valley near Los Angeles. The 31-rank instrument was designed by Joseph Whiteford, who was then President and Tonal Director of the Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company of Boston. It is the firm's Opus 1323 from 1957 and was dedicated with a recital by Irene Robertson on April 13, 1958.
Click for more on this organ, including the stoplist and photos.
Opus 33: St. Stephen's, Monona WI
The new Rosales Opus 33 at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in Monona, Wisconsin, was played for the first time in services on Christmas Eve 2005. The dedication recital was played on David Schrader on June 2, 2006. This 29-stop organ with mechanical action is a collaboration with Parsons Organ Builders of Canandaigua, New York. Click for more on this organ, including the stoplist and photos.
Photo © 2006 Bruce Fritz
Murray M. Harris and Organ Building in Los Angeles, 1894-1913 was recently published by OHS Press. Based on research by the late David Lennox Smith, the book has been edited by Orpha Ochse with the collaboration of Manuel Rosales, Kevin Gilchrist, Jim Lewis, and Jack Bethards. More
Also from OHS Press comes Litterai Organi: Essays in Honor of Barbara Owen, published in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Organ Historical Society. This volume includes an essay by Orpha Ochse entitled "Manuel Rosales and the Los Angeles Organ Renaissance."
Both of the above publications are available from the Organ Historical Society.