Great Organ Returns to St. John the Divine

Friday, November 28, 2008

After seven years, the Great Organ at St. John the Divine Cathedral is back. The 118-stop pipe organ was damaged by smoke in a 2001 fire that destroyed parts of the cathedral. Eric Johnson managed the restoration of the 97-year-old organ.

JOHNSON: Since the end of July, we've been just non-stop, six days a week, putting it back up in the chambers overhead and we're getting to the point now where it's just starting to play, work the bugs through.

REPORTER: The organ was sent to specialists in Missouri to be cleaned, and then trucked back to New York over the summer. It will be played during a re-dedication service at the cathedral Sunday morning.


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