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Aug 9, 2012 10:27 AM

New pipe organ at St. Alban's sounds like a little piece of heaven

TUCSON- St. Alban's Episcopal Church, near River and Sabino Canyon Roads, recently purchased a new one of a kind pipe organ.

Music Director Steve Keyl says the church began raising money for the organ nine years ago. "Part of our mission is to inspire," Keyl says. "Music is an important part of this congregation and people just wanted to have an outstanding organ."

The organ was made by Paul Fritts of Tacoma, Washington. Keyl says he is one of the leading organ builders in the world. "He's one of the best."

The instrument is special because it's all hand-made. "The connection between the keys and the pipes is just a direct mechanical link, no electricity is involved," Keyl says. "This is very old technology from the middle ages."

Keyl says many organists and builders are returning to the old style. "Playing it is like being in heaven," Keyl says.

St. Alban's is holding a dedication ceremony for the organ. It will be September 23 at the church.

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