Organ Conference & Festival Showcases Music of Berlin, Research and a Rich Sound

The sounds of 18th-century Berlin came alive during the inaugural conference and concert festival celebrating Cornell’s new $2 million baroque organ, March 8-13.

The handcrafted organ in Anabel Taylor Chapel re-creates the tonal design of an instrument built by Arp Schnitger in 1706 at the Charlottenburg palace chapel in Berlin – “one of the high points in the music history of Berlin,” reflecting the “high cultural ambitions” of the new century, according to organist Harald Vogel, who performed a keynote concert March 12 featuring Bruhns’ “Orfeo” and several preludes and fugues by J.S. Bach. Full Story