Dear Friends and Family,
I thought you might like to know that Gloucester filmmaker Dennis Lanson’s fine documentary about the organ we (C.B. Fisk) built at Harvard University will be shown on WGBH Channel 2 at five o’clock on Sunday, January 11.
It’s called “To Hear the Music,” and it not only follows the construction and installation of our Opus 139 at Harvard’s Memorial Church, but also looks back at the 54 year history of our unique Gloucester company, and at the life of Charles Fisk, our founder and mentor.
Here’s a link to the trailer, and other info as well.
Please help us get the word out by forwarding this on to folks you know who might be interested.
Best wishes for the new year,
Gregory R Bover
V.P. Operations, Project Manager
C. B. Fisk, Inc.
For any lover of music, these open houses are a treasured experience you will never forget (see posts about Fisk here). You can literally walk INSIDE the organ while it’s being played by top organ players, who come to these open houses to test them out. And it’s FREE. Save the date now and don’t miss this one.
You are cordially invited to join us at our Gloucester workshop
to celebrate the creation of two new pipe organs–
Saturday, June 28
2pm – 6pmC.B. Fisk, Inc
Rockport Music presents legendary double bassist Edgar Meyer and virtuoso mandolinist Mike Marshall on September 22nd. Other September events include several special film events including the Manhattan Short Film Festival and a Sneak Preview Event of a new film about the Gloucester-based organ building company C.B. Fisk on September 19th , as well as a National Theatre of London broadcast of Shakespeare’s Othello.
For more information visit RockportMusic or call the box office at 978-546-7391.
Fans of C. B. Fisk might be interested in the time lapse photography of our
recent installation at Indiana University in Bloomington. It is an
instrument we built in the 1980’s in California in a concert hall that the
client built onto the back of his house. He died a couple of years ago and
we were asked to find a new home for the organ. Last year we disassembled it
and moved it to Indiana where it’s been in storage waiting for preparations
to Alumni Hall to be completed. I went out in March with a crew of five and
we worked 60+ hours a week for more than five weeks to put it all back
together. It’s 30 feet tall, weighs more than 30,000 pounds, and is the
third Fisk instrument at the Jacobs School of Music, which boasts the
largest organ department in the country. It has been a particularly
interesting project for me personally because the original 1987 project was
one of the first times I served as project manager. How fortunate I am to be
able to revisit some of my early work and see what has changed and what has
remained the same. I have a great job.
Here’s what it looked like in California, below, and what it looks like now
in Indiana. This the link to the YouTube time lapse video
shot by an IU student. Note the incomparable walnut carvings by Gloucester’s own Morgan Faulds Pike.
Regards, Greg Bover
This beautiful organ is going to St. Paul’s Chapel at the Rikkyo Gakuin Educational Foundation Niiza, Japan. If you want more information on the beautiful organ please to to www.cbfisk.com and search for Opus 141.
Greg MF Bover writes-
Dear Friends and Family,
Although I will be away on another installation in Indiana, my Fisk Colleagues will be ready to show folks around the shop and answer any questions during this event. We are expecting a large contingent of visitors from the school in Niiza, Japan where this organ will be going, I hope you will come see this unique organ too.
Please feel free to bring along anyone you think might be interested, or to forward this invitation along to your own friends.
Last week, Rick Isaacs was kind enough to give me a behind-the-scenes tour of the C. B. Fisk workshop where he works. They are internationally renowned pipe organ builders, and their facility in West Gloucester shows why. I was really impressed by the way they make much of the organ practically from scratch – they combine a wide variety of skills and disciplines to go from lumber and ingots all the way to a complete organ. Their workspace is filled with neat tools and personal touches. Here are a few of the photos I took. The complete set is available here.
Greg Bover (well known on this blog) working on the design of an organ:
When contracts are signed, designs turn into models (many of which are on the top shelf in this office):
The models are amazing in their own right:
March 10, 2012 the open house at C.B. Fisk, we love to go and see how they make these beautiful organs.
Opus 143 this Organ is going to North Carolina
Our Greg Bover
The Moulton to make the pipes
Then the pipes
Reminder: Open House today from 2 to 6 PM to celebrate the completion of Opus 143, a two-manual, 21-stop organ. C.B. Fisk is a premiere and internationally recognized builder of organs. Their workshop and headquarters are located in Gloucester. If you have never been to an open house at the C.B. Fisk workshop, you are in for a very special treat. Delightful music provided by guest organists trying out the new instrument may be heard throughout the afternoon and refreshments are typically served. Opus 143 will then be dismantled, shipped to it’s new home in China Grove, North Carolina, and then installed there.
The photo is of the 1/16 scale model for Opus 143
C.B. Fisk is the first (and I believe only) American company to have ever been awarded the commission to design and build an organ for a European cathedral.
Cathedrale de Lausanne, Switzerland
C.B. Fisk is located at 21 Kondelin Road, Gloucester. Phone number: 978.283.1909
Here I am on a ranch up in the hills above Palo Alto; that’s San Francisco Bay in the background. It was seventy today.
I’m here with my crew removing an organ we made in 1987 for a gentleman who built a concert hall as an addition to his house. He was a great guy, we had good times while working here, but he died a couple of years ago. His widow asked C. B. Fisk, Inc. to find a good home for the instrument, and we did. The three-manual, 45 stop organ, with 2,838 pipes, will be going to Indiana University, which has one of the finest organ departments in the country. But first we have to dismantle it completely, pack all 15 tons of it with great care into two 53 foot moving vans and then ship it to Bloomington. About a month’s work for six of us. Some time next year when IU finishes modifications to Alumni Hall, we’ll put it all back together again. (I have a great job.)
There’s more info about the organ and a portrait at http://www.cbfisk.com/do/DisplayInstrument/instId/91.
Greg Bover explains how flat stock is transformed into organ pipes
This Concludes The C.B. Fisk Video series
Rick Isaacs takes us inside OPUS 137
Part VII comes tomorrow
click the photo for the slide show
The Open House at C B Fisk runs from two o’clock to six o’clock on Saturday, November 13. Swing by and listen to OPUS 137 or even play it.
For more info check out the C B Fisk website
Rick explains why ivory is no longer used in the creation of the organ keys
side note *this video was edited with Windows Live Movie Maker* for comparison to Apple’s iMovie.
The C.B. Fisk Open House will be November 13 from 2-6PM
for more info-
Here’s our open house invitation again which I hope you will find time and space to run again towards the end of the week, I hope you’ll stop in too. We expect to have several hundred people at our shop on Saturday, especially since this organ will be going to a church so close to home lots of Andover parishioners will also show up. There are tours of the shop at 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30 and folks are invited to play the organ as well.
By the way, thanks so much for your support of the Sawyer Free Library, it is much appreciated. The Board and staff work hard to give Gloucester the library it needs.
I’d love to see Willie “Loco” Alexander jam out on the OPUS 137
The detail in the scale models are works of art in their own right
Tomorrow we spend time with the actual organ in part III of our multi part video series leading up to Saturday’s Open House At C.B. Fisk
For more info visit www.cbfisk.com
This is part of a multi part video series we will run this week in anticipation of the Saturday Nov 13th Open House in which the public is invited to play the organ and see the masterpiece in person.
For more information-
Imagine that we have this amazing world class operation right here in our midst.
Greg Bover was kind enough to send in these-
I don’t know if you have seen either of these, but people tell me they find them interesting. The first one is from WFIU in Indiana, about C. B. Fisk finishing up our project at the University in Bloomington.
The second one is a trailer for a documentary that Gloucesterman Dennis Lanson is shooting of our upcoming project at Harvard University. It is meant to be a teaser for the full length PBS-quality film following the entire job, just now in the midst of the design phase.
We also have an Open Shop coming up on June 12 for an organ in between these two that we have built for the First Presbyterian Church of Incheon, Korea. It’s a Saturday afternoon, from 2 to 6 at our place on Kondelin Road. I’ll send along a proper invitation for you and your readers as soon as we get them back from the printers.
C. B. Fisk, Inc