Voice of America’s Elena Wolf visited the Basilica in July to report on the Erben Organ and the pressing need to raise funds for its restoration. Excerpt: “At more than a century old, a giant pipe… Read More
FREO is passionate about music education, both for young kids and for adults. Our second annual Pedals, Pipes and Peals camp was a “resounding” success. This year we had more applicants than the program could accommodate…. Read More
On January 7, 2018, Auxiliary Bishop John O’Hara, a member of the Friends of the Erben Organ Advisory Council, celebrated a Mass at which he blessed a beautiful statue of Our Lady of China. The music… Read More
FREO is thrilled to have Martin Scorsese’s support in our effort to preserve and restore the 1868 Erben pipe organ! See his quote and our press release below. To donate: https://erbenorgan.org/donate-for-martin/ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 17, 2017… Read More
The huge pipe organ in St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, at Prince and Mott Streets in NoLIta, is in startlingly original condition, though a bit worse for 150 years of wear. Jared Lamenzo is so accustomed to showing off this monstrous marvel of an instrument that he can discuss it even while using all four of his limbs to bang out a Bach fugue or Buxtehude toccata.
The Sistine Chapel Choir, known as the Pope’s choir, visited the United States for the first time in 30 years in September 2017; as part of its historic concert tour, the choir visited the Basilica and the Erben organ.