Hugh W. Long Memorial Organ
with Richard Elliott
ASU Gammage will rededicate its famous Aeolian-Skinner Pipe Organ, the Hugh W. Long Memorial Organ, with a FREE CONCERT given by Dr. Richard Elliott, Principal Organist of the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. The rededication concert celebrates the modernization of the 53 year-old instrument specifically designed and voiced for the world-renowned concert hall acoustics of ASU Gammage.
The original Hugh W. Long Memorial Organ dedication concert in 1965 was given by Alexander Schreiner, Principal Organist of the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, and one of the most popular and often-heard organists through recordings, broadcasts and live performances given around the world.
Dr. Richard Elliott follows closely in the footsteps of Alexander Schreiner where he participates in the daily recital series on the 206-rank Aeolian-Skinner organ and accompanies the Tabernacle Choir in the choir’s weekly radio and TV broadcast, “Music and the Spoken Word.” As accompanist for the choir he has performed in many of the world’s great halls and has appeared in numerous television and radio programs. For the rededication concert, Dr. Elliott has prepared a mix of compositions to demonstrate the tonal range of this unique instrument and its specific design for the acoustics of ASU Gammage.
The Hugh W. Long Memorial Organ was the gift of Hugh W. Long and his wife Barbara V. Long. The costs of the console modernization and addition of several ranks of digital pedal pipes were made possible through the gift of Hugh W. Long, Jr. who attended the original dedication concert when he was eight years old.
This is a rare opportunity to hear one of the world’s great organists perform on a significant pipe organ in one of the great concert halls.
Toccata (from Uzbekistan Suite) Georgi Mushel (1909-1989)
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, BWV 564 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Schmucke dich, O liebe Seele, BWV 180 J. S. Bach arr. V. Fox
Schmucke dich, O liebe Seele, Op. 122, No. 5 Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Trumpet Tune in A Major David N. Johnson (1922-1988)
Simple Gifts Robert Hebble (b. 1934)
Sine Nomine (“For All the Saints” - “When the Saints Go Marching In”) John Weaver (b. 1937)
Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above Tune from the Bohemian Brethren’s Songbook, 1566 arr. R. Elliott
Variations sur un Noël, Op. 20 Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)
Berceuse, from 24 Pieces in Free Style, Op. 31, No. 19 Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
Carillon de Westminster, from Pièces de fantaisie, Op. 54, No. 6 Louis Vierne
Both the concert and parking in the ASU Gammage lot are free.
Hugh W. Long Memorial Organ and ÆOLIAN-SKINNER ORGAN
Arizona, specifically ASU Gammage, is among just a few places in the United States that is home to an Æolian-Skinner pipe organ.
Boston-based company Æolian-Skinner built the organ, and it was installed in 1965, about a year after Gammage was completed. The organ was a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. Hugh W. Long and cost $100,000. The organ has 2,992 pipes like those often associated with cathedrals and churches. Dr. Alexander Schreiner, of Salt Lake City, performed the inaugural gala recital. In 1966, Charles Brown was appointed the university organist. Brown instituted a series of noontime organ concerts for students. It was used for student classes and recitals.
Richard Elliott is the Principal Organist at the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, where he participates in the daily recital series on the 206-rank Æolian-Skinner organ and accompanies the Tabernacle Choir on the choir’s weekly radio and TV broadcast, “Music and the Spoken Word.” As accompanist for the choir he has performed in many of the world’s great halls and appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including the NBC “Today Show,” the “CBS Morning Show” and “A Prairie Home Companion.”
Dr. Elliott appears on dozens of recordings and videos with the Tabernacle Choir. In his work with the choir he has collaborated with many guest artists including Andrea Bocelli, the Canadian Brass, Evelyn Glennie, the King’s Singers, Brian Stokes Mitchell, the Sesame Street Muppets, Robert Shaw, and Bryn Terfel. In 1994 he recorded his first solo compact disc, titled “In the Shadows of the Everlasting Hills,” on the Pro Organo label. His second solo CD on the Mormon Tabernacle organ, “Every Time I Feel the Spirit,” was released in the summer of 2009 on the Klavier label. He has recorded three albums in collaboration with his colleagues on the Tabernacle organ staff. Dr. Elliott is a published composer and arranger of music for organ and for choir.
Prior to his appointment as a Tabernacle organist in 1991, Dr. Elliott was an assistant professor of organ at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He has performed extensively as a recitalist in the United States and Europe, as well as in Africa and South America, and has appeared as soloist with many professional and semi-professional orchestras. For several years he served as an assistant organist at the John Wanamaker Department Store (now Macy’s) in Philadelphia, home to the world’s largest functioning pipe organ. A Fellow of the American Guild of Organists, Dr. Elliott has been a featured performer at national and regional conventions of the guild.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Elliott received his early musical training at the Peabody Institute. He went on to study organ at the Catholic University of America, the Curtis Institute of Music, from which he received the BMus degree, and the Eastman School of Music, where he received MM and DMA degrees. His organ teachers have included David Craighead, Dale Krider, William Watkins, and John Weaver.