Curious passersby puzzled at the small crowd gathered on the steps of Memorial Church serenading a large red, white, and blue moving van early Monday (June 20) morning.But the singers, who sang a line from the hymn “O Praise Ye the Lord! Sing Praise in the Height” that included the words “loud organs, his glory forth tell in deep tone,” knew exactly what they were doing.Members of the church’s congregation and staff, along with members of the Harvard community, were welcoming the truck’s contents and the church’s newest member, the Fisk Opus 139 organ.“I thought the most appropriate way that we could welcome in this instrument is by singing to it,” said Edward E. Jones, Gund University Organist and Choirmaster, who led the voices. “This has been a long process and to actually see it arrive … it’s amazing.”The singing quickly gave way to more rigorous physical activity as the group helped move to the church the first of four deliveries of the 16-ton organ’s thousands of parts.“We are going to go slowly today,” said Greg Bover, the project manager and vice president of operations for C.B. Fisk Inc., the Gloucester, Mass., company founded by Harvard graduate Charles B. Fisk in 1961. “The most important thing is that nobody gets hurt and none of the organ parts get damaged.”Murray Forbes Somerville was supposed to be on a plane back to Nashville, but changed his ticket so he could greet the new organ. The former organist and choirmaster at Memorial Church, Somerville plays a Fisk Opus 134 at a church in his hometown.“It’s the best organ I have ever played, anywhere, bar none, including Westminster Abbey and all the Baroque organs in Germany. … If this [new] instrument is even three-quarters as good as the instrument in Nashville, this is going to be absolutely glorious.”Over the next several weeks the new organ will be reassembled in the church’s second-floor rear gallery, completing a donor-funded $6 million renovation project. Last year, the church’s original Fisk organ, Opus 46, which had been housed in Appleton Chapel since 1967, was dismantled and shipped to a Presbyterian church in Austin, to make way for a 1929 Skinner Organ Co. instrument. The new Fisk organ will provide sound for the main body of the church, while the Skinner will serve the chapel space.As the group prepared to transport components such as poplar pipes and windchests (the wooden boxes that store the organ’s pressurized air), the man on everyone’s mind was the Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes, who died on Feb. 28.“King of instruments, queen of our affections, for this we give thanks … for all the minds and hearts who have inspired this, and for Peter, and his loving grace and fortitude and faithfulness, who has brought this day to us, thanks be to God,” said Dorothy A. Austin, the church’s associate minister and chaplain to the University, during a brief blessing on the church steps.Gomes, the driving force behind the acquisition of the new organs, would have been thrilled to see his dream come true, agreed many in attendance.“I know that he is looking down and really smiling at us,” said Jones.Once the organ is installed, the work has just begun. Tuning the instrument for the church space will take about eight months. The organ’s debut is scheduled for Easter Sunday, 2012, and will be followed by a series of concerts, including a performance during the Arts First festival sponsored by Harvard’s Office for the Arts in May.A group of documentary filmmakers was also on hand to capture the arrival of the organ’s first parts for their film involving C.B. Fisk and the importance of the mechanical tracker organ in American music.“The film is going to be dedicated to both C.B. Fisk and Reverend Gomes,” said one of the filmmakers, Pam Pacelli Cooper.
This Thursday, the ladies of Breen-Phillips Hall (BP) are employing the help of an in-demand item on campus to encourage the Notre Dame community to support breast cancer research: fresh berries. “We wanted to have a 5K that was different from any of the other ones on campus, and berries are a hot commodity at Notre Dame since they often aren’t in the dining halls, so we saw that as a way to draw people in,” Breen-Phillips’ vice president and junior Laura Luchini said. The 5K run is just one of many events BP is hosting for their inaugural Think Pink Week, which will fundraise for Harper Cancer Research Institute. The race is set to take place Thursday at 5 p.m. at Fieldhouse Mall, where PacSun apparel, berries and other free food will be available for registered race participants. “We knew that there were other 5Ks going on around that week, so we wanted to stand out,” Luchini said.“We noticed that there isn’t any kind of breast cancer awareness week at Notre Dame like there is at most other colleges. … With all of the cancer research happening on campus at Harper Research Institute, and with Breen-Phillips’ color being pink, we thought it was more than fitting that we start this new week.”The week kicked off on Monday with “Kiss Away Cancer,” where students and faculty were invited to sign banners outside of DeBartolo Hall and North and South Dining Halls and to pick up a ribbon, pink lemonade and Hershey’s Kisses distributed by BP residents.“This is a cause that is important to me and many other people on campus, so it is amazing to be doing something that can help,” Luchini said. Tuesday night from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Breen-Phillips will host the first of two profit-share fundraisers with Blaze Pizza on Eddy Street, Luchini said, where a portion of sales that evening will be donated to the Harper Cancer Research Institute. “All of the money that we raise is going to Harper Cancer Research Institute here on campus. Harper does a lot of cutting-edge research right across the street, and yet a lot of people don’t know what it is,” she said. Luchini said she hopes to raise awareness about this research by hosting a talk given by representatives from the Institute on Wednesday night in DeBartolo Hall. “The Institute will be giving a talk of the cancer research that’s happening right here on campus and how you can get involved,” Luchini said. “I’m sure we all know of at least one person affected by breast cancer. It is so prevalent, and we thought it was important to remind Notre Dame’s campus how important cancer research is in finding a cure.”The week wraps up with the 5K on Thursday in addition to an all-day profit-share fundraiser with Five Guys on Eddy Street. “We wanted to plan a fun, informative week for our students. All of the money that we raise is going to Harper Cancer Research Institute here on campus, and we want to raise awareness for Harper and give them the opportunity to tell students how to get involved in research there,” Luchini said. Tags: breast cancer awareness, Breen-Phillips, Harper Cancer Research Institute
Facebook Twitter Google+ After avoiding a sweep against Seton Hall on Sunday, Syracuse (19-24, 7-9 Big East) traveled to Rutgers (25-21, 6-10) and swept a doubleheader with the Scarlet Knights on Wednesday.Before the two-game set, the Orange sat one game behind RU in the Big East. But after sweeping Rutgers on Wednesday, SU leapfrogged the Scarlet Knights in the conference standings and now sits in sixth place, one game behind Georgetown.Syracuse rode the arm of Stacy Kuwik to a 6-0 victory in game one. Kuwik threw seven innings, and only gave up three hits and one walk en route to improving her record to 12-9.Shortstop Morgan Nandin set the tempo early with a first-inning RBI single that scored pinch runner Emily Thompson. Third baseman Corinne Ozanne doubled in right fielder Shirley Daniels in the third, then Daniels broke the game wide open with a three-run home run that plated Ashley Dimon and Riley Johnson in the fourth.In game two, Syracuse’s offensive exploded in an 11-3 win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKuwik threw five more innings and gave up three runs on five hits, but that wouldn’t matter.With the score tied at two, SU kicked into high gear. Dimon and Johnson doubled, Grant hit for three parts of the cycle, adding a single and triple to her first inning home run, and Nandin stayed hot with two hits, two RBIs, and a run scored.Daniels added to her Big East leading steals total by swiping her 27th base of the season in game two. But she’s no longer perfect. Rutgers catcher Kaci Madden threw her out trying to steal in game one.SU now travels to Tampa, Fla. for a three game series with South Florida. The Orange will look to continue climbing the Big East standings in a doubleheader starting at 12 p.m. on Saturday, and a weekend cap at 11 a.m. on Sunday. South Florida is currently third in the Big East standings. Comments Published on April 25, 2013 at 1:04 am