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    Dr. Julia Brown, organist/performer

    Rojo, you asked me in the New Members forum if we get much classical music in Eugene, and I had already answered you there, but Today! I can share some new information with you and everyone reading this. Today, as part of the Oregon Bach Festival, Dr. Julia Brown played a concert on a Brombaugh (tracker) organ. The organ builder was in the audience, too. She just happens to be living in Eugene as director of music at one of the bigger churches. It was a wonderful concert and she chose some very interesting music. In case anyone's interested, there's a website with some info about her: http://www.naxos.com/artistinfo/1200.htm
    Also bought a couple CDs by her -- but Frederik, I like your interpretation of Bach's Toccata & Fugue in D Minor much better! Some of the interesting composers on one of her CDs are: Vierne, Tournemire, Fletcher, Lefebure-Wely, Enzo Pace, Ferreyra.
    And! I got to talk quite a while with the organ builder, Mr. Brombaugh himself. Retired now, but says he has quite a few of his organs in Europe. Silly me forgot to bring my camera; it's a pretty organ display! I asked if there is any documentation on his organs (figuring one of you will ask) and he just grinned and said, "none."!!! my jaw dropped.
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    Susangio,

    Was this performance on the Brombaugh 60 rk instrument at Central Lutheran Church in Eugene?
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    Dr. Julia Brown

    Hi, no not that one. (I Really like that one!) This Brombaugh was at the Church of the Resurrection (Episopal) on 39th & Hilyard. Two manuals. Smaller, I think, and it did not have the little twirly star trinket (I don't know what it's called) that the Central Lutheran has. So! You are familiar with these, yes?
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    "Twirly star trinket" = Zimbelstern ... A wheel of little bells that when rotated against a stationary rod, emit a cheerful 'twinkling' sound - very useful for some pieces during the season of Advent and Christmas.

    On the organ - not personally familiar with those per se ... I retain paid membership for an online organ database in which I searched using the given criteria and it only listed the Central Luth organ.

    However , all is not lost ... using another linkback from within that database, I found a picture and disposition for Brombaugh Opus 38 , the instrument at Church of the Resurrection. At the bottom of that page is a linkback to the Brombaugh website and a list of other installations.
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    Zimbelstem ... sounds JUST what my church needs as it's full on high church Anglican bells and smells.

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    That sounds like it must have been fun; thanks for sharing, susangio!
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    The Zimbelstern Was very cool (thank you for the terminology), and at the concert where that was played, recently, I could actually see it spinning on the outside of the organ. 'way cool! ha ha...and yes! that's the organ, you found it, Krummhorn , it's really pretty I think.
    Susanne
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