NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Lincoln Center welcomed back its beloved pipe organ on Tuesday.

The longest pipe on the glorious 19 ton organ runs the length of the stage it sits on and the smallest is the size of a straw, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.

organ christina wilton Alice Tully Organ Rededicated At Lincoln Center

(Photo/Christina Wilton)

Jacobs, chairman of the Juilliard School’s organ department, got first crack at playing the reinstalled organ.

“This is truly a proud moment for New York City to have the rededication of the Alice Tully pipe organ,” Jacobs said.

The instrument is New York City’s only concert hall organ and a gift from Mrs. Tully herself.

WCBS 880 Reporter Marla Diamond on the reinstalled organ

It was removed in 2006 for the hall’s renovation and was to have been restored along with it, but budget cuts delayed the reinstallation.

The organ was cleaned and repaired and had an electronic capture system with an internal memory installed, Diamond reported.

“The instrument is re-voiced to fit the new acoustics of the hall and it seems to be a perfect marriage,” Jacobs said.


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