Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Connellsville is hosting a dedication recital for its new three-manual Walker organ at 3 pm. Nov. 17, presented by J. Christopher Pardini, director of music and liturgy at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg and cathedral organist for the Diocese of Greensburg.
Robert J. Broderick, organist and director of music, explained the new organ replaces a Tellers-Kent pipe organ, which was built in 1919 and retired on its 100th birthday.
“I called her ‘the grand ol’ lady’ and, indeed, she was for 100 years except for her final few years when her health began to fail,’’ noted Broderick.
The new organ was built and installed by the Walker Technical Company of Zionsville, Pennsylvania, using the same cabinetry as the old organ, so its outward appearance is the same, Broderick reported.
Installation took place in August and was finished in time for Immaculate Conception Parish’s 150th Anniversary Mass on Sept. 8, when the new organ made its debut and was blessed by Bishop Edward Malesic.
Pardini formerly served as organist and director of music at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, where he headed one of the nation’s leading sacred music programs. He was previously senior organist at the Crystal Cathedral (now Christ Cathedral) in Garden Grove, California.
The New Jersey native is also a composer of liturgical music and won third place in the Second International Competition of Sacred Music Composition, established in honor of Pope Benedict XVI, in Rome, Italy
Broderick commented, “He will be performing a program for the organ dedication recital that will demonstrate the full capabilities of the new organ. We are very happy to have Chris perform and share his extraordinary talent with us.’’
A reception will follow in the church social hall.