Classic Church Organ Gets Restored

LA MESA – La Mesa’s Central Congregational Church will host a special concert Jan. 25th to celebrate the restoration of the church’s 90-year-old organ.
The organ, originally built in 1926 by Henry Pilcher’s Sons, is a classic church organ with a phalanx of polished  pipes literally framing the church sanctuary at 8360 Lemon Avenue.
The organ was used for 87 years without any major repairs, but in recent years leather parts that opened and closed pipe valves had become worn and the system needed updating.
As part of the project the organ’s original wind chests were rebuilt and the console itself was updated with new stop controls and combination action.
The room behind the visible pipes is testament to the complexity of this instrument with many more pipes towering up on either side, adding depth and volume as needed.
To celebrate the refurbished organ, Robert Plimpton, the resident organist of the First United Methodist Church of San Diego, will bring his talents to La Mesa and will offer a program that will include a wide variety of classical and sacred organ music. The program is intended to demonstrate the unique beauty of the instrument with works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Franck and Widor.
The concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Jan. 25th.
In addition to playing in churches, Plimpton has performed weekly outdoor recitals on the Spreckels pipe organ in Balboa Park. He has also taught at San Diego State University and performed with a number of local orchestras.

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