The pipe organ and the hall it lives in combine to make the musical space. It is not possible to consider an organ without also considering the venue. The instruments on showcase for this festival are located in the churches and concert halls listed below.
This building was built in 1905, around the time Alberta become a province. It is a stone building with a gallery and seats approximately 400 people. The cathedral upholds the Anglican traditions and has fine choir. The acoustics of the building are excellent for choral and organ work. The organ was originally built in 1906 and was powered by a water motor. While not a large instrument, it is considered to be one of the best in Calgary.
This building dates from approximately 1913 and seats about 400 people. It has a gallery where the organ is located. The organ is a mechanical action instrument that was located in the chancel when it was first installed in 1978. In 1994, it was decided to swap the positions of the organ and the gallery rose window. The instrument was the first modern mechanical action organ in Calgary and is the largest of the type.
This stone building was built in 1912 and the sanctuary is square in footprint, with a large circular and sloped balcony. It has a dry acoustic that makes performance and speech very clear to the listener. The organ was originally made by the Canadian Pipe Organ Company but has been changed in later years to be mostly Casavant Frères pipework now. It has three manual divisions in the main case and an Echo organ located in the ceiling.
This hall seats up to 1800 people and has a fine reputation as an excellent venue for all types of music. The acoustics can be adjusted to suit the performance with both curtains and a moveable ceiling. The organ was installed in 1987 at the Calgary Centre for the Performing Arts – now called Arts Commons. It is the largest organ in the city and was the main instrument for the Calgary International Organ Festival, which ran from 1990 to 2002. It continues to display its broad, clear power for choral and orchestral works.
Built in 1913, this building came to be known as the ‘Cathedral of the West’ and is a large sandstone building with a tower. The sanctuary is a large hall with gallery and two transepts, seating approximately 800 people. The organ built in 1913, is situated in 3 chambers; two at the front and a gallery organ at the back. It is the largest church organ in western Canada and the most recent renovations occurred in 2017.
The Rozsa Centre is the newest venue in our Festival and contains the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall. This hall seats approximately 300 people and is a very fine acoustic for all manner of music. In addition to the organ, it contains a recording studio and a fine collection of pianos. The organ is truly unique in western Canada and is a beautifully built European mechanical action instrument with an unequal temperament.
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