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Subject: Re: musical instrument tuner

Date: 05/18/03 at 12:10 AM
Posted by: Dean Huster
E-mail: dhhuster@semo.net
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In Reply to: Re: musical instrument tuner posted by John Dunn - Consultant on 05/13/03 at 11:51 PM:

There were a couple of neat things that we did. One was John Rutter's "Gloria", a modern Latin piece where we used several members of the Oklahoma Baptist University (Shawnee) music faculty and members of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra. It was a really powerful presentation, Latin or not.

The other was a performance of the "Messiah". The chair of the organ department at OBU played our Allen Digial Computer organ. We had the largest 2-manual Allen in Oklahoma City at the time. And the district Allen rep was a church member and he managed to conjure up a "toy" that Allen was working on -- a Digital Computer Harpsichord -- and had it shipped in for our use on the arias. I've done the "Messiah" with orchestra before, but this 2-instrument performance was much more fun!

But my favorite thing to do is play handbells. I used to work the entire C2 to C3 (and sometimes a lot more) octave when I played at our church in OKC. But since moving to Poplar Bluff (MO) seven years ago, I've not had the chance to play since. Rotator cuff damage may preclude that enjoyment anyway, for those bass bells ain't light. But I never did get the 4-in-hand technique down on the "baby" bells. But then, I didn't spend much time trying, either!


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