Installation of Organ Signals Final Phase of Chapel Construction August 24, 2004

With the installation of a two-story, 1,666-pipe Bigelow tracker organ, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) moves into the final phase of its 2 1/2 year construction  of a new chapel on its campus. The organ, to be known as the Ruth and Paul Manz Organ, dedicated in honor of recitalist, composer and former artist-in-residence Paul Manz, will be completed by early fall.. Dedication events featuring recitalists and teacher David Schrader, Lorraine Brugh and Larry Long are planned for November 4th through 7th.

"Tonal quality and craftsmanship of the Bigelow organ we heard impressed us," explained Mark Bangert, John Tietjen Professor of Worship and Music at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and a member of the organ selection committee. With 2 manuals, 31 ranks and 25 stops, the organ is designed to handle a variety of repertoires and is designed to be an excellent instrument not only for congregational singing but also for concerts The Ruth and Paul Manz Organ is the first Bigelow organ to be installed in the Chicago area.

Dedication events include:

  • Dedication of the organ  at 11 a.m. on November 4th, during LSTC's regularly scheduled morning worship.
  • Hymn sing led by Lorraine Brugh of Valparaiso University on Friday, November 5th at 8 p.m., in honor of many similar evenings during the 1970s and ‘80s led by Paul Manz as fundraisers for Christ Seminary-Seminex. Admission is free; an offering will be collected.
  • Master class for advanced organ students led by Schrader on Saturday, November 6th beginning at 9:30 a.m. Registration is required. Call 773-256-0770 for details.
  • Dedicatory recital by renowned Chicago-based musician and teacher, David Schrader on Sunday, November 7th at 4 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

All events will be held in the Augustana Chapel of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street (55th & University), in Chicago.

Additional information about M.L. Bigelow Organ Builders can be found at the website:  www.bigeloworgans.com.

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The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.

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