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Grand anniversary

  • Jonathan Denham, of Woodstock, notes the stops he needs to use in his sheet music while rehearsing at Greater Hartford United Church of Christ in Hartford Village on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2022. Denham, who is the music director for the First Congregational Church of Woodstock, will play two pieces on the 1872 Johnson tracker pipe organ as part of a concert with five other organists on Sunday at 3 p.m. to mark 150 years since the organ was built. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News — James M. Patterson

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    Jonathan Denham, of Woodstock, rehearsed on the 1872 Johnson tracker pipe organ at the Greater Hartford United Church of Christ on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. The instrument was built at a cost of $1,700 by the Johnson Organ Company of Westfield, Mass. in black walnut that was painted white in 1903. Because the keys of a tracker organ are directly connected by levers and rods to the valves, as opposed to a modern organ controlled by electrical signal, the keys require more force from the musician's fingers. "It's heavier to play, so I need a break every once in a while," said Denham. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. James M. Patterson

Published: 9/16/2022 3:29:25 AM
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