Organ Console Project
Organ Dedication Concert
Friday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m.
presented by Dr. Richard Elliott, principal organist, Mormon Tabernacle
No admission charge – open to the public
Dr. Richard Elliott, Principal Organist at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, UT, will present an organ dedication concert at 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 24 at First Presbyterian Church Hilton Head Island. The concert will dedicate the church’s new organ console built by the A.E. Schlueter Organ Company. The console is the first four-manual terraced console built by A.E. Schlueter and is one-of-a-kind.
At the Mormon Tabernacle, Dr. Elliott participates in the daily recital series on the 206-rank Æolian-Skinner organ and accompanies the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on the choir’s weekly radio and TV broadcast, “Music and the Spoken Word.” As accompanist for the Tabernacle Choir he has performed in many of the world’s great halls and appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including the NBC “Today Show,” the “CBS Morning Show,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” and “A Prairie Home Companion.”
Dr. Elliott appears on dozens of recordings and videos with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He has collaborated with many guest artists including Andrea Bocelli, the Canadian Brass, the King’s Singers, Robert Shaw, James Taylor, and many more. He has recorded CDs and is a published composer and arranger of music for organ and for choir.
The New FPC Organ Console
The new organ console has 72 ranks with 47 being pipe and 25 being digital. The organ has also been revoiced making the full ensemble much cleaner and richer. The Trompette en Chamade now produces a warmer tone while still holding the integrity of the stately sound it was intended to create. It is also accompanied by new antiphonal digital voices. The revoicing of the entire instrument combined with the new console has created a cleaner, fuller sound. The new console includes four manuals, 500 lockable memory levels, transposition capability, a record/playback feature and a touch screen. It was made possible by the generous donations of FPC members and friends.
The Console Project seeks to ensure the continuation of our tradition of providing beautiful music to enhance the worship experience for many, many years. Thank you to everyone involved in the project and to those who donated to make this possible.