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Serving the San Francisco Peninsula
Community Since 1990

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Regional Conventions,
June and July

Atlanta, 05-10 July
Sunday - Friday

Organ Historical Trust
of Australia
Conference 2019
Adelaide, South Australia
Monday 30 September --
Friday 06 October

Palo Alto/Peninsula Chapter
mailing address
PO Box 582
Menlo Park, California

Our current chapter newsletter June 2019 is available online.


Upcoming events ---

from Fjord:

Fourth Salon Event: Low Pressure Public Performance Practice, Saturday 24 August 2019 at 1 pm

Back in the time of Mendelssohn, friends would often gather for "salons" to play music in a casual setting and enjoy each other's company. We're bringing that tradition back with our series of salons for beginner to intermediate level organists. If you've got some pieces you would like practice performing in front of a friendly audience and you're interested in trying out different organs, but you aren't yet comfortable performing in a recital setting, then this event is for you!

We'll each get to spend some time at the organ setting up registrations, playing our pieces for each other, and and enjoying the company of our fellow organists. Pieces could range from a postlude you're working on to just playing through a hymn or two.

This salon will be at St. Paul's Episcopal Church
415 El Camino Real, Burlingame
Saturday 24 August 2019 at 1 pm
1929 Skinner, 2 manuals -- completely rebuilt by Edward Millington Stout, III seven years ago

If you're interested, please RSVP to Fjord so I can get an idea of how many people to expect. But please feel free to come, even if you don't RSVP!

St. Paul's is fortunate to have a 20 note set of Deagan Chimes built in 1926 and installed in St. Paul's in 1937. Arrive early, five minutes to one o'clock to hear the Change Ringing of six of the twenty notes "Plain Bob Minor" played by James Martin. Then Westminster roll will ring out the one o'clock hour for the Salon to begin. Toward the end of the Salon, James will give us a tour of the tower and chimes at the two o'clock toll. You can be real close to the chimes with your ears covered to watch and hear the Deagan sound off.

Hope to see you there!



Annual PA/Pen Labor-Day Barbecue

Join us on Sunday 01 September 2019 at St. Bede's Church, Menlo Park, for good company and good food! We will keep the annual meeting extremely short so that we can catch up with one another. Come when you can starting at 12:30 pm. No need to bring anything but yourself. Friends are always welcome, including organists who are not already AGO members. Pets are welcome, too, as we have he option of using the newly constructed outdoor picnic tables. Contact Rani if you need a ride at (650) 793-4849. Vegan and vegetarian choices will be offered.


Cathedral Widor Festival 2019 -- continues
Widor's Organ Symphonies plus four additional Widor pieces.
The concerts will continue over the next few months at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco.
Cathedral Events

2019 Cathedral Widor Festival
Sundays, 4 PM
$10 donation
Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption
1111 Gough Street, San Francisco

Jun 23 David Hatt, Symphony 1
Jul 7 David Hatt, Symphony 7
Jul 21 Angela Kraft-Cross, Symphony 8
Aug 4 Dominic Pang, Symphony 4
Sep 1 Christoph Tietze, Symphony 3
Sep 8 John Karl Hirten, Symphonie Gothique
Sep 15 Ugo Sforza, Symphony 6
Sep 29 Jonathan Dimmock, Symphony 5
Oct 6 Katya Kolesnikova, Symphony 2
Oct 13 Christopher Keady, Symphonie Romane
Oct 20 David Hatt, Suite Latine, Three New Pieces


Chapter Officers:
Donald Mulliken, Dean
Rani Fischer, SubDean
Tom Lohmuller, Secretary
David Sheetz, Registrar
Katherine Ou, Newsletter Editor
James Martin, Web Master


Executive Board
Class of 2020 -- Eric Lebel, Jin Kyung Lim
Class of 2022 -- Catha Hall, Curtis 'Fjord' Hawthorne, Jeff Kabel


Matthew Burt, Regional councillor
John Karl Hirten, District convener