The First Congregational United Church of Christ is hosting a pipe organ concert to celebrate the instruments centennial. Three guest artists will perform at 1 p.m. on Sunday at the church, 2201 Woodlawn Ave. in Boise. Its open to the public; donations to the organ fund are encouraged.
Marche Funebre et Chante Seraphique by Alexandre Guilmant, one of the pieces in Sundays program, was played at the organs inaugural concert in 1912.
The organ was built by W.W. Kimball in Chicago and dedicated in Boise on Sept. 27, 1912 two decades after the congregations founding in 1891. The organ was installed in the churchs original home, now the site of the J.R. Williams Building south of the State Capitol. The organs arrival in Boise was big news, inspiring three stories in The Idaho Statesman in the summer and fall of 1912. At $4,000, its cost represented 10 percent of the churchs $40,000 building fund.
Congregation on the move: The church moved to its home at 23rd and Woodlawn Streets in 1967. The instrument was packed up for the move and stored for more than a year while the new church was being built. The re-installation took six weeks and required a bit of creativity. One 16-foot pipe had to be bent to fit the new space.
How does it compare? The First Congregations organ has 698 pipes. Notre Dame in Paris has about 8,000. The organ in the Salt Lake Tabernacle has 11,623 pipes. Macys in Philadelphia has what some claim is the largest pipe organ in the world with 28,543 pipes.