Special Visitor Plays South Church’s Historic Organ

posted Jul 9, 2013, 9:41 AM by Amherst South Church Office
Nathan Laube, widely recognized as one of our country’s best organists and a Professor of Organ at the Eastman School of Music, paid a visit to South Church to hear and play our 1896 restored Casavant organ on July 4th.  Accompanied by organ builder William Czelusniak and two students, he and the students marveled at the beauty of our historic organ.

 Those of us who had the privilege of witnessing Nathan’s two-hour examination of our organ were pleased to hear his comments about it – comments we want to share with you:

        “Amazing color”
        “Velvet carpet sound”
        “ The Celeste (a stop) is so perfect”
        “It has a certain Frenchness to it”         
        “Right proportionately and spatially”
        “It is like being in a Parisian organ loft.”

We also learned from Messrs. Laube and Czelusniak that our Casavant organ has been chosen by the Organ Historical Society as one of only two organs in this immediate area (i.e. Amherst, Northampton, and South Hadley) for performances when the Society has its Annual Convention in Western Massachusetts and the Berkshires in the summer of 2015. (The other organ is at Mount Holyoke’s Chapel.) 

We can all take pride in preserving and installing this magnificent instrument, the oldest extant Casavant organ in the United States.