documentary film on PBS

Kingdom Come: The Making of Casavant Opus 3875

Get a behind the scenes look at the design, manufacture, and unveiling of a custom-built pipe organ, known as “The King of Instruments,” for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. This film records the artistry and craftwork of the men and women at the Casavant Frères workshop in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, and documents history in the making as world-renowned organist James David Christie took the stage at Helzberg Hall to play the organ for the first time. Ultimately, the film celebrates a city’s commitment to the arts and the imagination, invention, and careful human touch that inspires a creative legacy for musical artists and audiences to admire for generations to come.


How the Power of a Pipe Organ Is Like Riding a Harley

Summary of interview with KCUR's host of Up to Date, Steve Kraske.

Pipedreams 1517

Pipedreams 1517:  Midwestern Marvelous ... concert performances of American music from an American Guild of Organists convention in the Minnesota twin cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

Pipedreams 1411

Pipedreams 1411:  Bach Alive ... concert performances of music by the greatest composer for the pipe organ, in celebration of his birthday and the beginning of spring.

Pipedreams 1403

Conventional Wisdom:  Minnesota Memories ... concert performances from the 2008 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists.

PipeDreams 1044

Pipedreams program 1044:  The Auditorium Organ ... a celebration of the iconic 1959 Aeolian-Skinner instrument in the Auditorium of the Community of Christ in Independence, Missouri, with comments from John Obetz and Jan Kraybill.