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Piping up, to good effect

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first_imgCharles Brenton Fisk’s daughter once said that her father was “dedicated to his work the way that some people are dedicated to a true love.” The Memorial Church’s new organ is a product of that devotion.In 1943, the U.S. government tapped Fisk, then an 18-year-old Harvard student, to work for physicist Robert Oppenheimer in the bomb-trigger division of the Manhattan Project. Later, Fisk studied nuclear physics at Stanford University, but soon the onetime chorister at Christ Church in Cambridge traded his lab talents for his workshop skills to craft some of the most complex musical instruments.Eventually another Harvard man, the spiritual heart of the University for more than 40 years, noticed Fisk’s artistry. An accomplished organist himself, the Rev. Peter J. Gomes became the driving force behind a donor-funded, $6 million effort to provide his church with the type of sound it deserved.Senior reed voicer Michael Kraft tunes the row of pipes called the Trumpette.The dream of Gomes, who died a year ago, will be realized this Sunday when the new Fisk organ, Opus 139, is officially unveiled. The inauguration begins a series of events showcasing the 16-ton instrument.A 2005 committee led by Gomes agreed that two organs instead of one were needed to fill the church’s space adequately, one for the intimate Appleton Chapel, the other for the main body of the church. For the larger instrument, they turned to C.B. Fisk Inc., the mechanical-tracker organ company founded by Fisk, whose Opus 46 had been in the chapel since 1967.“Fisk epitomizes the classical principles of organ building,” said Christian Lane, associate University organist and choirmaster. “Through a well-constructed, mechanical-action touch … you are really just controlling the wind in this amazing and voluptuous way.”In 2010, the Opus 46 was dismantled for shipping to its new home, a Presbyterian church in Austin, Texas. A 1929 Skinner Organ Co. organ took its place in the chapel.Meanwhile, the new Fisk organ slated for the church’s rear gallery was nearing completion in a town more famous for its fishing fleet than for complicated musical machines. Only a small mahogany sign with the words “C.B. Fisk” identifies the workshop in an industrial park in Gloucester, Mass. Inside, dedicated artisans draft and draw, solder and saw. Small models of every organ the company has made are perched high on ledges scattered around the space. The models are a vital step in the creative process that begins with hand-drawn sketches and ends with sophisticated, three-dimensional computer designs.There’s a collegial ethos at the workshop, a Fisk hallmark. When there is a technical problem, the workers gather to discuss a solution. A reporter’s inquiry about business titles earns chuckles and the response: “We don’t pay too much attention to that kind of thing.”The employees are a mix of the mechanical and the musical, the methodical and the meticulous. A crafter of organ reed pipes is, fittingly, a clarinetist. Another worker made his own cello. There are drummers and guitarists, former boatbuilders, cabinetmakers, engineers, and freelance photographers. Above all, they are craftspeople who love working with their hands.Fisk, the story goes, liked to call his colleagues “blue-scholar workers.”“He was the most brilliant man I ever met,” said Greg Bover, the company’s vice president for operations, who is also project manager for the Memorial Church installation.The mouth area of gold-leafed pipe on the organ’s façade.At Harvard one recent afternoon, Michael Kraft, the company’s head reed voicer, was regulating the tone on some of the organ’s 3,049 pipes, the smallest of which stands only half an inch, and the largest 32 feet. The painstaking task takes months, for good reason. Tuning the organ only affects the pitch, explained Kraft, while the voicing process gives the instrument its distinct sound.“It’s giving each pipe its voice … we are talking about color, timbre, speech, all of the different qualities of the sound. That voicing process is only done once.”Kraft, who has a master’s degree in organ performance from the New England Conservatory, then tested his work by playing a little Johann Sebastian Bach. The sound was magnificent.Harvard’s Gund University Organist and Choirmaster Edward Jones reflected on Gomes’ musical legacy. Thanks to the insistence of the longtime Pusey Minister and Plummer Professor of Christian Morals, the organ’s pipes are sheathed in a brilliant 22-carat gold.“It’s a wonderful instrument. It’s musically eclectic and can do a large range of things,” said Jones. “The construction and architecture of the organ is so beautiful and has been so well thought out that it looks to my mind like it should have been here all along. I hope Peter is looking down with a big smile on his face.”last_img read more

Cricket News Mutual respect between Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni is massive: Ravi Shastri

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first_imgNow, in an interview with Mirror Now, the coach of the Indian cricket team Ravi Shastri has spoken about the mutual respect between Kohli and Dhoni. “Each one has his own style and each one is different. When you mention Virat and MS, yes, they are different, the way they play and the way they captain. MS was the senior man when Virat was coming through the ranks. Virat gave him the respect he deserved. Now MS is not the captain, Virat is, so MS does the same thing. The mutual respect for each other is massive and that’s all you want as a coach,” Shastri said.However, the absence of Dhoni was felt during India’s two losses in the Mohali and Delhi ODI. The spinners struggled for direction and Rishabh Pant, who had replaced Dhoni, was struggling to keep up and missed some crucial chances. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is expected to be Dhoni’s swansong. India will play their opening game against South Africa on June 5 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. MS Dhoni did not play the last two ODIs in Mohali and Delhi.India lost the five-match ODI series 2-3 to Australia.India lost an ODI series at home for the first time since 2015. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: There have been lot of stories regarding the relationship between MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. When Dhoni relinquished the captaincy of the Indian cricket team in January 2017 and Kohli took over, there were stories circulating that there was a rift in the Indian dressing room. However, Kohli cleared the air during Gaurav Kapoor’s Breakfast With Champions show when he said that having Dhoni in the Indian dressing room is a blessing and that both do not read the newspapers about what is written on them.  “I don’t think I’ve come across a better cricketing brain just in terms of planning and knowing what’s happening in the game and what can be done. Sometimes I like to follow my own instinct as well but whenever I ask him anything 8 or 9 out of 10 times he always tells you things that work. So it’s a blessing to have him,” Kohli said.The relationship between Kohli and Dhoni has grown stronger in the last couple of seasons. On the field, Kohli is the captain but it is Dhoni who directs the show. The former India cricket skipper is still actively directing the field and telling the bowlers what line and length to bowl. Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, the two spinners in the Indian cricket team, have testified to the power of Dhoni behind the stumps. highlightslast_img read more

WATCH PHOTOS: Balotelli leaves Milan training for the final time

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first_imgMario Balotelli has been pictured leaving AC Milan’s training for what could be the last time.Liverpool and Milan have reportedly agreed a €20 million fee for the Italian striker and he is set to complete a move to Anfield in the coming days.Milan released a brief official statement earlier saying: “Mario Balotelli drove out of Milanello at 13.30 after saying good-bye to his team-mates and the club’s press staff” following pictures, which are displayed above, showing him leaving the training complex in his Ferrari.Reports suggest that Balotelli did not sign any autographs on his way out, simply stating to journalists that ‘nothing was decided’ yet.Despite Balotelli’s non-committal statement, his transfer appears a formality now, with his contract terms – of €6-million a year – already agreed.The former Manchester City player will head to England in the coming days to complete a move, which will see him become Liverpool’s latest recruit in what has been a busy summer for the Reds. Brendan Rodgers’ side have brought in a host of players across the summer transfer window so far, but Balotelli will be the highest profile of their additions.There is a real excitement around Anfield about his arrival and if Rodgers can keep his volatile temperament in check then Liverpool have unquestionably pulled off one of the best deals of the summer.Balotelli pictured leaving AC Milan training ahead of his move to Liverpool.last_img read more