The United Church in Stonington has a musical treasure that dates back to 1870: a mighty and versatile Hook pipe organ. On Sunday, September 15, at 5 p.m. the Stonington Historical Society will sponsor a program on “The History and Wonders of the Mighty Hook Organ.”
The church is at 67 Main Street, Stonington, and admission is free.
The presenters are Scot Huntington and Joseph Ripka. Scot is the organist at United Church and President of the Organ Historical Society; he will focus on the history of the church’s Hook organ, built in 1870, and on the history of the company that made it: E. & G. G. Hook, a company that operated from 1827 to 1935 and was the premier 19th-century organ builder in the United States.
Joseph Ripka will perform several musical selections on the historic organ and discuss their historical relationship to the instrument. The organist and choirmaster at Calvary Church in Stonington and artistic
director of Cavalry Music School, he has performed concert recitals throughout the United States and in many European churches, including St. Sulpice in Paris, and Westminster Cathedral and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.
The Stonington Historical Society, Inc., in addition to presenting programs and exhibits, maintains three sites open to the public: the Old Lighthouse Museum; the Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House, a National Historic Landmark and the home of the discoverer of Antarctica; and the Richard W. Woolworth Library, a research center of local history. For more informationvisit the Society’s website, http://www/stoningtonhistory.org, or call the Society at 860.535.8445.
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