Music for Advent and Christmas: Featuring Gwyneth Michel on the 1776 Tannenberg Organ
The Moravian Historical Society is pleased to announce a special holiday concert featuring organist and assistant director of the Moravian Music Foundation, Gwyneth A. Michel, on the 1776 Tannenberg Organ. Other highlights of the evening's performance include a vocal quartet and a carol sing-along to get the audience into the holiday spirit.
The concert will take place on Sunday, December 15 at 4 p.m. in the 1740-43 Whitefield House. Please note that the concert will be held on the second floor and is only accessible by stairs due to the historic nature of the building.
Made by renowned organ builder David Tannenberg (1728-1804), the 1776 Tannenberg Organ is one of the oldest surviving pipe organs in North America. He lived and worked in the Moravian communities of Bethlehem, Nazareth, and Lititz, and he built organs for Moravian, Lutheran, and Reformed congregations. Nine Tannenberg organs still survive. The 1776 organ was made for the chapel of the Single Bretheren's House in Bethlehem and was played for General George Washington when he visited on July 25, 1782. The organ became part of the Moravian Historical Society's collection in 1922 and is still playable and largely in original condition.
More information about the concert can be found on our website: www.moravianhistory.org or by contacting us directly at 610-759-5070.