Christopher Houlihan Headlines Concert to rededicate Royal Poinciana Chapel organ
Palm Beach Daily News
April 3, 2016
by Betty Nelander
Royal Poinciana Chapel will reinaugurate its restored Austin 106 rank pipe organ with a concert tonight. Organist Christopher Houlihan of New York will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the chapel, 60 Cocoanut Row. Houlihan will perform selections by J.S. Bach, César Franck and Maurice Ravel, as well as Jehan Alain’s Trois Danses and Louis Vierne’s 6th Symphony.
Houlihan has performed in major cities across North America and Europe, as well as at conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society.
“The newly restored organ features an elevator lift so the console can be placed on the stage area for all to admire the footwork of the organist,” notes music director Stewart W. Foster. “The chapel organ is a ‘double’ organ in that it features a complete pipe organ in the front of the chapel and a second complete pipe organ in the rear of the chapel, connected through a fiber optic cable.
“State-of-the-art computer systems allow the organ to be controlled via an iPad, even though every sound of the instrument is produced by real pipes, some as long as 32 feet in length, and others no larger than a pencil.” A dessert reception will follow the performance, so the audience may greet the artist.