Monday, May 2, 2011
Friends of Music to Visit Stambaugh Auditorium
First Congregational Church’s Friends of Music will visit Stambaugh Auditorium’s pipe organ on Saturday, May 14, at the invitation of the auditorium’s Executive Director, Phil Cannatti, and President of the Board of Trustees, William Conti. The Stambaugh Auditorium is an ornate public facility in Youngstown, Ohio, that is architecturally modeled in a classical style in the manner of the Pantheon in Paris. Stambaugh Auditorium houses a four-manual, fifty-nine rank pipe organ, built by the Ernest M. Skinner Company of Boston in 1926 that was recently restored by the A. Thompson-Allen Company of New Haven, Connecticut. The auditorium’s organ was built a few years prior to First Congregational Church’s instrument, Skinner Op. 751, which is in urgent need of repair. Friends of Music will caravan to Youngstown, tour the facility, and be given a brief recital highlighting the Skinner organ’s unique orchestral tonal colors. Members of the public are invited to attend for the cost of fuel. Reservations are required. If you would like to reserve a place in the tour or have any questions about the Youngstown visit, please contact Nicholas Schmelter at the church office center, (989) 754-6565, or Jon Best, (989) 799-9425.