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Mark Brombaugh plays the Brombaugh organ at Christ Episcopal Church Tacoma

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on May 29, 2012 at 9:47 am |
May 29, 2012 9:47 am
Organist Mark Brombaugh will play the John Brombaugh organ at Christ Church this Friday. Courtesy photo.

A pair of brothers will be highlighted in an organ recital this Friday evening at Christ Episcopal Church in Tacoma: Mark Brombaugh, who’ll play the church’s renowned organ, and John Brombaugh, who built it.

Since its 1979 installation the Brombaugh organ at Christ Church is sought after by many musical groups for its superior vocal tone and baroque-inspired design. One of around 50 Brombaugh has built, it was inspired by North German and Dutch organs of the 16th-18th centuries, with a case of white oak and western cedar and pipe shades in yellow cedar, all hand-carved. The tone is enhanced by the hammered, high-lead-content pipes as well as the church’s resonant acoustics.

Brombaugh’s brother Mark is co-director of music at the church, and a graduate of Oberlin College, the University of Louisville and Yale University. He has appeared as organist and harpsichordist in concerts around the country and held many academic and chuch positions. Brombaugh will play a recital of organ work by J.S. Bach, Hindemith, Dupré and more, including a set of variations on “Amazing Grace” by former Christ Church director David Dahl.

7:30 p.m. June 1. Entry by donation. 310 N. K St., Tacoma. 253-383-1569, ccptacoma.org

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