Opus 66

Nov 4, 08:10 AM

John Near with his book on Widor.

Opus 66

Principia College
Elsah, Illinois
Year of Commission 1990

The keydesk is attached to the organ case and the key action is suspended. Martin Ott designed the country-colonial style case, made of poplar and painted white, to match the interior design of the chapel. The carvings are made of walnut and gilded in 21 karat gold by Diane Pappas.

The organ is placed on the rear balcony of the College Chapel. This chapel was designed by the architect, Bernard Maybeck, in 1930 to be built soon after on the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. The Maybeck buildings constructed between 1931 and 1939 are nearly all steel-framed and include a good deal of concrete work on the interiors.

John Near is College Organist & Music Department Chair. John Near is the authority on Widor and faculty member of Principa College, a Christian Science institution.

Joan Lippincott played the Dedicatory Recital on Sunday, May 1st, 1993.

26 stops | 34 ranks
Mechanical key action | Dual stop action, Mechanical and Electric