The below photos show the International Touring Organ’s progression from load-in to concert time at its Lincoln Center launch festival on March 9, 2014. Photos by Samuel Nelson.
Flight cases waiting at the Lincoln Center loading dock, March 9, 2014.
The organ consists of about 30 individual components.
The console awaiting assembly on the stage of Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.
The setup of the organ begins with the console, which assembles in under 30 minutes. The upper part of the console is assembled over a hydraulic lift, allowing the entire organ to be safely assembled without lifting.
The upper part of the console is divided into thirds: stop controls, keyboards, and stops. The right hand section is added first.
The keyboards are added next, followed by the left side stop controls.
The hydraulic lift raises the assembled center section. Throughout the organ, panels on retracting glides allow easy access for connections and servicing.
The console's supporting legs are added next.
The unique pedal keyboard has a range of 42 notes, 10 more than is standard.
As the console is assembled, the sound equipment is moved onstage. Shown here on a backstage monitor, a 6:00 AM load-in is more than half completed by 7:15.
The bulk of the organ's sound output is handled by 10 tone cases containing arrays of bipolar speakers.
Each case connects to the computers via a single 100' cable using audio industry standard connections.
Certain speakers in the array, handling some of the organ's very loud brass and reed tones, are augmented with 16 solid brass horns.
Three hours after beginning load-in, the organ is physically complete and online.
Any needed tonal adjustments are made immediately following load-in.
With the organ completed, rehearsal can begin.
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The organ is covered for unveiling, a practice repeated in all its inaugural venues.
Opening of the concert: a new vision of the "king of instruments" is presented to the audience.
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