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  • 02 Mar 2004 6:18 PM | Dawn Daehn (Administrator)

    Hinners organ at its new location at Madonna Towers, Rochester, MNOn March 2, the chapter gathered for a program to honor a 100-year-old pipe organ, Hinners Opus 537, a one-manual tracker organ of 9 ranks. This organ had been housed in Wisconsin in two churches before coming to Rochester where it was played at Good Shepherd for about 17 years. In 2002 the organ was sold and moved to Madonna Towers Retirement Community where the instrument now resides in the chapel. The pipe organ, rebuilt in 1985, survived a close encounter with oblivion after having been stored in pieces for about 16  years in a Wisconsin parsonage. That the little organ can still sing merrily forth is a testament to its initial quality and durability of materials.

    Concert performs on the Hinners at Madonna Towers, Rochester, MNOn hand for the celebration was Michael Barone, president of the Organ Historical Society. Michael shared some history about the Hinners Organ Company plus a few whimsical observations to boot. At the recital part of the evening, music was presented by Jeff Daehn, Chapter Dean, Bob Hachmesiter, past Dean, Brian Williams, Sub-Dean, Dean Robsinson, Treasurer, and Cynthia McLaren, Board Member. The evening was enjoyed by many residents of Madonna Towers and by friends from the Rochester community at large. Of particular interest among the Towers residents enjoying the evening were two "young" ladies who were both older than the organ.

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