There’s a journal called Concertina World.
I was surprised to find while looking over my blog stats this afternoon to find that, of search phrases that bring visitors to the blog, “hill auditorium” was the second highest. This is not to say that it brought a lot of visitors — only 7 — which makes me think that people are interested in performances more than musical instrument studies. (Duh?!) Nonetheless, Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium seems to bring a lot of traffic here. This is likely due to my May post on the pipe organ in Hill Auditorium, “The 1895 Columbian Organ,” which was really just a positive reaction to James Tobin’s article about the instrument in Michigan Today.
If you end up here with an interest in Hill or in the pipe organ, you probably want to know more than I wrote in that post. I’d recommend first, if you’re interested in the building’s history, to read Tobin’s article. Next, you might want to visit some of these links:
- A brief history of Hill Auditorium, including photos and early history of the building. The page is maintained as part of the UM History project of the Millenium Project, which provides an interactive, digital campus map that lets you search for and interact with historical information about campus buildings. This page is my top pick for historical information. Worth a look for any UM enthusiast or historian!
- A short brief on the history and architecture of Hill Auditorium, hosted by the Bentley Historical Library.
- Text of the dedication speech by Governor Woodbridge Nathan Ferris from the building’s dedication in February 1913.
- A short biography of UM Regent Arthur Hill (UM, class of 1865) (in pdf format), original donor and namesake of the building. This information is from the Saginaw Hall of Fame, where Hill was inducted as an honoree in 1965.
- General information about Hill Auditorium from the UM School of Music, including rental rates and a Hill Auditorium seating chart.
- Technical specifications of the stage and equipment from the School of Music.
- Technical specifications of the E.M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner organ, a.k.a. the Frieze Memorial Organ, at Hill Auditorium, hosted by the University of Michigan School of Music.
- Driving and parking directions to Hill Auditorium from the Campus Information Centers.
- Information about the major renovation of the Auditorium, which took place between 2002 and 2004. The page includes photos of the renovation, another brief history, and a few press releases.
- A page on the building at Arborwiki, and the page on Hill Auditorium at Wikipedia.
- Or perhaps you want something a little more fun? Check out one of the live recordings of the Grateful Dead’s December 15, 1971 concert at Hill (see the poster) or the November 16, 1994 performance by Phish!
Other ideas? Add links in the comments, please!
In a feature article in the online edition of Michigan Today, James Tobin contributed an article titled “The Great Pipe Organ.” Tobin chronicles the history of the organ in the University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium. In his observations about the importance of such large instruments in 19th-century American communities, Tobin notes the culturally organological viewpoint. Summarizing the importance of the organ to a community, he writes:
Americans of the late 19th and early 20th centuries listened to great pipe organs with a mixture of technological awe, local pride, and aesthetic rapture. Cities competed to buy the biggest and best.
Read more, and see the illustrations, at http://michigantoday.umich.edu/2010/05/story.php?id=7735
See also James Kibbie’s site with specs of the Hill organ.
Digital accordion virtuoso Cory Pesaturo was interviewed this afternoon by Robin Young on Here and Now. (To listen, click here.) It’s a wonderful interview that will change the way you listen to accordion. (Not just polka anymore…) All performers of lesser-known instruments might sympathize. Here’s a few youtube clips that show just a bit of variety, starting with Pesaturo.
The boy accordion virtuoso (featured on boingboing) playing Bach’s Passacaglia in C Minor.
And an interview, with sound samples, of South American Chango Spasiuk.
And thanks to Brian, for the Renegade accordion! in NYC:
A classic, of course, would be Pauline Oliveros.
I was at a musical instrument conference last weekend, and for the first time I heard the classification “pyrophone.” That is, instruments that create sounds from heat and/or fire. I suppose that I’m not much of an organologist if I haven’t heard about this, but at least I’ve got things to learn, eh?! Sorry to split hairs, but unless I grossly misunderstand this, which is entirely possible, isn’t the example below really an aerophone? Feel free to correct me. In any case, beautiful sounds and a fascinating instrument in development.