Thunder and sunshine at Alice Millar's organ recital

    Photo by Tom Giratikanon

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    Photo by Tom Giratikanon

    With nothing but her fingers, Rebecca Rollett thundered the music of Bach and Liszt throughout Alice Millar Chapel on Friday during a lunchtime organ recital.

    “It’s a total power trip, that’s why every organist plays,” Rollett said. “You’re all by yourself up there, you don’t need an orchestra.”

    As she played some sections from a Liszt prelude and fugue, the organ shook the rows of wooden pews.

    About 35 people came to hear Rollett, who is the artistic director of a Pittsburgh choir.

    Some people in the pews bowed their heads as they listened, while others gazed up at the chapel’s ornate interior.

    Rollett is in town to accompany her son, Music sophomore Edmund Rollett, during his own French horn recital Saturday evening for the School of Music. Edmund’s father is also an organist.

    Alice Millar just finished repairing its Aeolian-Skinner organ, which has 5,235 pipes.

    Photo by Tom Giratikanon
    Organist Rebecca Rollett introduces Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in D Major.


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