Tabernacle organists serving a higher purpose

Published: Saturday, Aug. 6 2011 3:00 p.m. MDT

Being able to play the organ is an incredible experience, says Unsworth. "It's an amazing organ. With 206 ranks and all those pipes, there's almost an embarrassment of riches. Every sound that an organ builder can come up with is available here. It's a thrill to see the contrast, the dynamics, the color that is available. The most fun thing is getting a new piece of music and seeing how to make it work."

The Tabernacle Organ "has a soul," says Christiansen. "We all play from time to time at other organs around the world. But it is never a disappointment to come back here. This is a world-class organ, and playing it is one of the finest experiences."

Every organ has its own spirit, adds Goodliffe. "You feel that here. And you feel the spirit of the building."

It's a beautiful instrument, in a beautiful room, with a great heritage, says Margetts. "It's a great blessing in my life that I have an opportunity to play it. It inspires me every time I play."

And while making beautiful music is the goal of any organist, there is a an even higher purpose here, says Unsworth. "There is a sense of filling the mission of the church and doing our part to build the kingdom of God."

As composer Charles Widor said, "Organ playing is the manifestation of a will filled with the vision of eternity."

If you go...

What: Organ Fest IV

Where: Cathedral of the Madeleine, 331 E. South Temple

When: Friday, Aug. 12, 8 p.m.

Admission: Free

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