Walt Disney Concert Hall’s Organ Conservator Pulls Out All The Stops

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FULL COVERAGE: Walt Disney Concert Hall at 10 My father showed me an organ at some point and I thought I’d try it, I was 12 and pretty proficient piano-wise. After, I ran across the driveway and told my mom I wanted to play organ and she said, “OK, dinner is almost ready.” What do you like about the instrument? It’s the king of instruments. It’s the most complex and it’s the ultimate in power. When you pull out all the stops and play something tutti super fortissimo it’s unlike anything else. That’s when you find power in a way, when you’re seated in front of this enormous instrument and you’re using both hands, both feet, your whole body to play. How does the Disney Hall organ compare to others? I’ve played at many of the finest organs, in churches and concert halls in the United States and in the oldest churches in Europe and I’ve found that this one is the right size, with the right accents and nuances. I’ve done guest recitals on instruments four times its size, but I keep coming back. The way it builds and dissipates out, it’s remarkable. TIMELINE: Walt Disney Hall through the years What’s the coolest part of your job? We take people on tours inside the organ and having the opportunity to see the mechanism, or the strikers when the organ is being played, to see the outside from inside and the blowers, the wind lines, all of this. And it’s so expansive, it’s 40 to 45 feet tall and its weight is so vast.