The newly restored Hazel Wright Organ, an iconic instrument made famous around the world for its association with the Rev. Robert Schuller’s “Hour of Power” broadcast will receive a special blessing in a ceremony led by Bishop Kevin Vann on June 10, starting at 6:30 p.m. The free event, which will also be live-streamed on the Christ Cathedral website, is expected to last one hour and include an entrance procession, a greeting and introductory rites from Bishop Vann, biblical readings, blessing of the organ with incense, prayers and a choral piece.
Updated by Sam Cherubin, naming this as the source of information: \"The Organs and the Carillon of the Crystal Cathedral\".
Organ is currently being restored/renovated by Ruffatti Organs in Italy, pipes are being cleaned & restored, casework is being renovated and repainted, wind-chests are being releathered and restored. Former Walker digital voices are being discarded and replaced by another firm, per Diapason Magazine from June 2014, page 28.
Updated through online information from Matt Gerhard.
Updated through online information from steve bournias. -- Contact with Trivo Co Hagerstown MD;Tuba Mirabilis is patterned after the Wurlitzer scale @8"d.@CC and voiced on 18" wp.
Updated through on-line information from Sam Cherubin. -- A new String, East and West En Chamades were added on by Ruffatti. The West Organ (Epistle) contains 244 pipes of Trompette en Chamades on 12" of Pressure. The East Organ (Gospel & Echo) also contains Trompette en Chamades but a different timbre from the Chamades is the Epistle Organ. The En Chamade in the East organ is on 16" of pressure. The en chamades even have their own blowers (East and West).
Identified through on-line information from Scott Crowell. -- The Hazel Wright organ consists of the 1962 Aeolian-Skinner organ (opus 1388) from the Lincoln Center in New York City and the 1977 Fratelli Ruffatti organ built for the church's former sanctuary, the Garden Grove Community Church. The organ has two 5-manual consoles, a main console and a console in the rear (south) gallery. Organ has some digital stops that are not included in the data above.
Consoles (l to r - former balcony Ruffatti, chancel Ruffatti, and balcony Möller): Photograph (1990) courtesy of Frederick Swann via Jeff Scofield.
Church interior, organ and exposed pipes: Photograph by Martin Doering via https://die-orgelseite.de, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2008-08-09
Church interior to rear, gallery organ and exposed pipes: Photograph by Martin Doering via https://die-orgelseite.de, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2008-08-09