Please do post details of concerts, courses and other events into the Calendar
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Mr. Best,Are you aware that Mr. Vredenberg is categorically denying having given you any information, i.e. confidential Diocese documents that you quote, that he has not asked you to speak on his behalf, and he is insisting that he knows nothing of your personal online mission regarding the Annunciation organ. Are you aware of this, and if this is true, where are you getting your information from? If it's not true, then why is he declaring innocence? I do hope investigative work, as you have indicated, continues, so that the public may know the truth in this matter, as clearly it is very shifty at this point.
David, that reminds me - within the last year [name removed] was appointed as organist at St Barnabas', Ranmore (a tiny but glorious G. G. Scott mini-Cathedral on the [name removed] Ridge above [name removed], with a huge octagonal crossing tower and a spire that can be seen from miles away in most directions). My mother also applied, but didn't get the job (to state the b****in' obvious). Since then, though, the job has been re-advertised, saying that [name removed] health had forced him to resign - what's going on?
Why don't you post the your entire Felix Hell review of his Q'bury organ concert, just so it's on file for "posterity's" sake, along with everything else you've posted? From what I've heard, it would be a fun read! It would be the right thing to do...
Bozak joined C. G. Conn in 1944 to help them develop an electronic organ. While in Elkhart, Indiana, he noticed that the human sense of hearing was unpredictable at best. Years later, Bozak recounted this story about the Conn electronic organ project: "The general sales manager, who was a pianist and played organ, sat down and played the thing and said it was great, just what we were looking for. A week later he was invited back into the laboratory and sat down and played the instrument again. He didn’t play ten or fifteen bars when he said, This goddamn thing doesn’t sound right. What did you guys do to it?’ We said we hadn’t done anything. Well, he didn’t believe us. ‘You did something to it. You messed it up here,’ he said. ‘Restore it back to the way you had it.’ So what we did was let the damn instrument sit there for another week, and he comes back and plays it again. ‘Now this is the way it should be,’ he says."
A former parishioner of the church, who donated $50,000 toward having the organ built, has questioned the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany about the removal, and an organ consultant for the diocese has quit in the wake of the instrument's destruction.
After hearing about the dismantling, Judith Krueger sent an e-mail to Albany Bishop Howard Hubbard asking for an investigation of the situation.Krueger, who now lives in Florida, says she donated $50,000 a decade ago to help install the organ."It's very difficult to understand what exactly is going on here for me," Krueger said. "It seems like such a total waste."Krueger didn't hear back from the bishop, but she did receive a reply to her inquiry from the church pastor, Joseph Busch, who said the matter was referred to him.Busch's reply reiterated the parish's explanation - that the instrument couldn't be saved and the safety concerns had to be addressed."Despite erroneous reports in the blogosphere, no realistic possibilities for relocation of the instrument ever emerged," Busch wrote.Krueger said she doesn't expect to get her donation back, but the loss leaves her with mixed emotions."Now that I see what happened, I'm disappointed, wondering how in the world something like this could happen," she said.