Opus 148 Organ Festival

About Fisk Opus 148

In August 2014, Christ Church Cathedral commissioned C. B. Fisk, Inc., to design, build and install a new organ as part of the Centennial Chapel restoration project. Opus 148, a two-manual, 22-stop mechanical-action instrument with warm, gentle voicing, draws inspiration from organs of the sixteenth century Antegnati family of Italian builders and organs of the eighteenth and nineteenth century Serassi family. See the organ’s specifications. Read a series of articles by Harold Byers, former chair of the cathedral music committee, about the organ.

Looking back

C. B. Fisk Opus 148 Dedicatory Recital

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Francesco Cera

Acclaimed early music specialist Francesco Cera performed organ works by Italian composers and Italian-inspired works of Johann Sebastian Bach to celebrate the installation of C. B. Fisk Opus 148 in Centennial Chapel.

This concert was made possible by generous contributions to the cathedral’s Friends of Music Fund.

 

C. B. Fisk Opus 148 Inaugural Festival

Thursday, October 18 – Saturday, October 20, 2018

An international roster of performers, teachers, and scholars led a weekend-long series of performances, presentations, and workshops relating to aspects of the Italian organ: repertoire, improvisation, performance practice, continuo playing, liturgy, pedagogy, and organ building.

 

Vespri Romani

Sunday, October 21, 2018

The cathedral’s new C. B. Fisk organ, with its delicate yet expressive power, took center stage in a recreation of a Roman vespers service from the seventeenth century. Singers and instrumentalists from Collegium Cincinnati collaborated with the new organ in chant, improvisation, and sacred repertoire by Roman composers Giacomo Carissimi, Francesco Foggia, Girolamo Frescobaldi, and Virgilio Mazzocchi.