Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co. (Opus 1477, 1965)

Location:

Milwaukee Center for the Performing Arts
929 North Water Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202 US
Organ ID: 26016

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Auditoriums and Concert Halls
  • The organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: EP pitman
  • 58 ranks. 3,180 pipes. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 38 stops. 47 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): EP pitman chests
  • Position: Pipes exposed (in whole or in part) at the front of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 38
  • Registers: 47
  • Position: Movable console.
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on May 04, 2009:

Updated through information posted to PIPORG-L by Larry Wheelock May 3, 2009: -- From the Program Notes: The Aeolian-Skinner pipe-organ in Uihlein Hall was donated by the Miller Brewing Company. The entire instrument is stored beneath the stage in a specially constructed chamber. When the instrument is in use, the floor is taken up and the organ is lifted to stage-level by a single-piston hydraulic lift. Due to height considerations under the stage, the 32' Sub-Principal was Haskelled (in effect, folded inside upon itself) ... .
The Austin Organ Company was called upon in 1984 to clean and revoice the Great, Positiv, and Pedal divisions. Years' worth of dust falling through the stage floor as well as moisture from the adjacent Milwaukee River had taken its toll on the action and pipe work and a major cleaning was necessary. With the consultation of Organist James Burmeister together with the late Calvin Hampton, some revoicing was carried-out at that time and the 32' Sub-Principal was loudened. The rank now sounds with the room-shaking dignity inherent to open pipes of that pitch.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on May 04, 2009:

Updated through information posted to PIPORG-L by Larry Wheelock May 3, 2009: -- This afternoon Peter Conte gave a spectacular recital on the Miller Organ (Aeolian-Skinner Op. 1477) ... I unexpectedly found myself hanging around onstage as the crew began putting the organ into the pit in which it resides most of the time. I whipped out my camera and took as many pictures I could as the large 58-rank instrument slowly descended, taking no more than about 3 minutes from fully-up to fully-down. It was an eerie experience to see this immense instrument descending in absolute silence.
It's something that few people get to witness and it was almost a little frightening. I was especially intent on getting some overhead shots of the famous 32' Haskelled Sub-Principal. ...One of the stage-hands made the claim that the Miller Organ is the largest object permanently attached to an elevator in the country. I don't know if that is true, ... .

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on July 03, 2008:

Updated through information adapted from E. M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Opus List, by Sand Lawn and Allen Kinzey (Organ Historical Society, 1997), and included here through the kind permission of Sand Lawn:
Installed in 1969 on elevator at rear of stage; rebuilt by Austin in 1984 with combination action replaced by solid state.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on May 08, 2007:

Identified through online information from Wayne Rokicki.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab From Allen Kinzey via <i>The Aeolian-Skinner Archives</i>
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

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