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Cameron Carpenter - the Grand Organ

 Monday, 18 June 2012 

Discover the grandeur and enigmatic sounds of the Grand Organ when the world’s most eclectic concert organist, Cameron Carpenter, takes to the stage at the Melbourne Town Hall on July 2. 

The musical world of Cameron Carpenter is one where anything is possible. At just 30 years of age, he has redefined the pipe organ as an instrument for modern times.

At this special Solo Organ-ic performance, Carpenter will perform a collection of music that highlights the diversity and magnificence of the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the Grand Organ is an outstanding instrument that has played a big part in Melbourne’s musical history.
“The Grand Organ is the largest musical instrument in the southern hemisphere and includes drums, bells and 7849 pipes that range from 13 metres high to a few centimetres. 
“It has brought renowned organists and world class recitals and concerts into our city across two centuries. I encourage people to experience the enigmatic sounds of Cameron Carpenter on Melbourne’s much loved Grand Organ,” said the Lord Mayor.

A dazzling showman, Carpenter performs the works of the organ repertoire by creating unique compositions and expanding the organs usual sounds into robust pop and rock and roll.

Melburnian’s have the chance to catch Carpenter in this one off Solo Organ-ic performance, presented by the City of Melbourne. 

Venue: Melbourne Town Hall, Corner Swanston and Collins Street, Melbourne
Date: 2 July 2012
Time: 7pm – 9.30pm
Cost:  A Reserve $31.50 - $40, B Reserve $21 - $28.  Earlybird specials until 25 May. Discounts apply for groups of 8 or more.  Tickets available from Ticketmaster.
Contact: 03 9658 9658

About Cameron Carpenter 
Cameron Carpenter has quickly developed from being an insider tip to one of the most sought-after organists of our time. He revolutionises and modernises the perception of the instrument like no other organist before him.  Born in 1981 in Pennsylvania, USA, Carpenter attended the Juilliard School in New York City where he continued his composing studies.  Whether original compositions, transcriptions, film music or the great works of the traditional organ repertoire: Carpenters approach captivates, amazes and has led many instruments to reach the limits of their technical capabilities.

About The Grand Organ 
There have been two permanent Grand Organs installed in the Town Hall since 1872. The original was extensively rebuilt in 1905. The second organ was installed in 1929 following the Town Hall fire of 1925. The Heritage Victoria-listed 1929 façade is made of rich-grained Queensland maple with coin-bronze grilles. It took $4.5 million dollars from 1996 to 2001 to restore and enhance the Grand Organ. It is now broadly recognised as one of the world’s finest organs and includes 9592 pipes that range from 13 metres high to a few centimetres. It uses ninety thousand cubic feet of air every minute and can produce anything from a delicate whistle to deafening thunder.

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