Robert Tall appointed to committee position for restoration of the Hazel Wright Memorial Organ
Dr. Robert Tall has accepted position to serve as a member of the Orange Catholic Foundation organ sub-committee for the restoration of the Hazel Wright Memorial Organ at the future Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, California.
Fundraising for the organ restoration was officially launched on May 18, 2013 at a benefit concert performed by Hector Olivera, with underwriting provided by Rodgers Instruments, Robert Tall & Associates, Ruth Charles of Charles Music, and Church Keyboard Center.
The Hazel Wright Memorial Organ is a combination of a 1977 Ruffatti organ installed in the Arboretum on the Crystal Cathedral campus and a 1962 Aeolian-Skinner organ that was formerly at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. It was inaugurated in May 1982 at the Philip Johnson-designed 2,700+ seat Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. With nearly 16,000 pipes, it is the largest European-built organ in America and one of the largest organs in the world. It has been featured on the internationally televised Hour of Power, making it one of the most recognizable organs in the world.
After three decades, time, sunlight, heat and water have caused damage to the organ, which is now in need of a total restoration. An “Organ Restoration Committee” led by Monsignor Arthur Holquin, pastor of the Mission Basilica in San Juan Capistrano, has been designated to oversee the restoration of the organ. The restoration process will include removing the organ from the Cathedral, transporting the organ to the Fratelli Ruffatti workshop in Padua, Italy, restoring and reinstalling the organ in the future Christ Cathedral. The expected completion date is at the dedication of Christ Cathedral in 2015.
As part of the For Christ Forever $100 million capital campaign, Orange Catholic Foundation is working to raise $2 million to refurbish the Hazel Wright Memorial organ to its original high performance condition.
Donations may be made online and more information is available at the For Christ Forever web site. Gifts should be designated for “Organ Restoration”–100% of the amounts donated will support this important and historic project
Hazel Wright Memorial Organ