- Associated Press - Monday, September 7, 2015

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - A church in New Hampshire with a rich music ministry is spending a small fortune to renovate its 1926 organ, using the same company that built it nearly 90 years ago.

The First Church in Nashua is investing about $650,000 in its Austin Opus 1406 Anderson Memorial pipe organ, donated to the church by the Anderson family.

The Nashua Telegraph quotes organist and minister of music Joseph Olefirowicz as saying the renovated organ will be played for the congregation on the last Sunday in October - Reformation Sunday.

The work is being done by Austin Organs of Hartford, Connecticut, Inc. - the newest name of the former Austin Organ Company which originally built and placed the instrument in the church in 1926.

“This organ has a very special relationship to this church community,” Olefirowicz told the newspaper. “My generation of church musicians is looking to honor the past rather than change it.”



First Church was built in 1893 of granite from quarries in Marlborough, New Hampshire. The sanctuary of the Romanesque-style church holds more than 600 people and one very large organ.

Olefirowicz called the organ is one of the best north of Boston.

“This organ is from the era of what they call symphonic organ building, where the organ was meant to imitate an orchestra,” Olefirowicz “That was a huge thing back in the day when people would go by the thousands to organ recitals everywhere.”

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Information from: The Telegraph, https://www.nashuatelegraph.com

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