Big projects with vision can have difficulty getting off the ground. Money can be a major issue, as well as resistance to change. In the 1990s, it was clear that the CUCC church organ was headed downhill fast. Many discussions ensued about how to replace it, and one camp of people thought that the less-expensive electric organ was the way to go. In the end, with much fund-raising and faith, the church had a magnificent German Glatter-Götz Pipe Organ installed. In partnership with the local Rosales Organ Builders of LA, the instrument was completed in 1998 and has been a jewel, not only in worship services, but for many organ and other concerts and recitals.
Glatter-Götz and Rosales also teamed up to build the stunning Walt Disney Concert Hall organ.
Church organist, Carey Robertson, celebrated her 25th anniversary with CUCC by inviting a few friends for a weekend-long affair. Saturday’s events included an organ demonstration, an organ crawl where people could walk through the inner workings of the organ’s 4000+ pipes, a reception with piano and string music, a bell demonstration and a silent auction. She topped it off on Sunday by performing a free concert.
You can hear Roberston playing the crowd-pleasing Toccata and Fugue in D Minor on this organ on this youtube video.
More photos from the event can be seen here on the church’s Facebook page.