Madison, Wisconsin, United States

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Location: Overture Hall, Overture Center; Madison Wisconsin

The grand organ of Overture Hall. a gift from Pleasant T. Rowland, founder of the Pleasant Company-American Girl Dolls and wife of Jerry Frautschi who provided the funding to build the Overture Center (largest gist to the arts in the world) is owned by the Madison Symphony Orchestra. It was handcrafted and built by Orgelbau Klais in Bonn Germany. Famed international architect Cesar Pelli was on the design team. It consists of 63 stops, 72 ranks and 4,040 pipes. The tallest pipe is 32 feet and the heaviest weighs in at 1,212 pounds. The largest pipe would fit 399 gallons of beer. The smallest pipe is .1968504 inches. The wires in the organ console total 5.16 miles. Including its unique movable chamber, the organ weighs in at 174 tons and is believed to be the heaviest movable object in any theater in the world. The instrument moves forward on 16 steel wheels on four steel rails, powered by a rigid push chain drive. No other organ in the world moves in this fashion. It takes about 30 minutes to roll the organ into place. The organ took nearly three years to design and build, of which five months to assemble, voice and tune. It was fully completed in 2004.

On this afternoon, over 1,500 raised their voices to sing Christmas carols accompanied by one of the finest pipe organs in the world. A spectacular experience!

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