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Year-long concert series showcases Mander organ

A year-long series of organ concerts highlighting the renowned Mander organ in the University Chapel will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

The concerts are held at 12:30 p.m. every Wednesday while classes are in session. They last 30 minutes and are free and open to the public.

University Organist Eric Plutz will perform the first concert of the season in a program titled "Let's Go to the Opera." He will play favorite pieces from the operas of Mascagni ("Cavalleria Rusticana"), Glinka ("Ruslan and Lyudmila") and Bizet ("Carmen"), among others.

The organ was constructed and installed in 1928 by the Skinner Organ Co. of Boston. In May 1990, it was completely dismantled for repair and renovation. By December 1991, the Mander Organ Co. of London had restored the majesty of the English Romantic conception of the original organ, and revived the clarity and precision of its Baroque alterations.

Performers for the Princeton concerts come from around the country and the world, sometimes traveling great distances to play on such an instrument. The organ has 7,897 pipes, ranging in size from that of a short pencil to 32 feet tall.

A complete schedule for the series is available from Plutz at eplutz@princeton.edu.

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