DONATES PIPE ORGAN
TO TSUNAMI-TORN SAMOA
Kirkwood's First Presbyterian Church
did a music "good deed" by donating
its pipe organ to the Immaculate Conception Cathedral
in Apia, Samoa's capital city.
The organ, built in 1957 by Wicks Organ Company
(in neighboring Highland, Illinois),
has 2,767 pipes, 52 stops and 45 ranks
(as well as blowers and wind chests.)
Wicks will dismantle the organ and its 2,767 pipes,
make some updates, then pack it up and ship it
by rail and ship to its new home in the South Pacific.
The Samoan cathedral was virtually wiped off the map
by the 2009 tsunami, but the new church will be built
of cast reinforced sculptured concrete,
including a marble floor custom designed for
their transplant pipe organ.
First Presbyterian is buying a new $1.75-million organ.
(A temporary "loaner" will be installed in the next few weeks,
while the new organ is being installed.)
Congregants have already pledged the money.
The new organ is being built by Casavant Frères
Organ Company in Canada, and features 4,357 pipes,
61 stops, 76 ranks and 3 keyboards.