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This is a very well attended, famous event.  Ron Wyatt is not only a superb organist but an entertaining raconteur.  The church's 4,000 pipe Austin organ is the instrument of the angels.

Houstonian Edgar Moore's Sons of Orpheus Choir for years has joined Mr. Wyatt at the Trinity Pipe Organ Extravanza!  They'll be there again this year!



A Dickens Evening on the Strand Tradition

Saturday, December 03, 2011, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Trinity Episcopal Church, 2216 Ball (Avenue H)

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The popular Pipe Organ Extravaganza, featuring internationally acclaimed concert organist Ronald Wyatt, returns Saturday evening, December 3, 2011 to historic Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Galveston, Texas.

A fixture of Galveston’s Christmas celebrations for more than 20 years, Extravaganza performances were halted following Hurricane Ike in 2008. Cleanup and repair made necessary by the weather catastrophe has taken more than three years, but the church’s sanctuary, built in 1857, is now completely restored, including the huge and spectacular stained glass Tiffany window, located above the altar.

Long-planned alterations have brightened the sanctuary’s acoustics, making the space ideal forlive musical performances. In addition to great music and Christmas carol singing, the evening will include a special appearanceby Houston choral group The Sons of Orpheus, under the direction of Edgar Moore.

Following the Pipe Organ Extravaganza, authentic Victorian refreshments will be served by candlelight in the church’s 1882 Eaton Hall, designed by the renowned architect Nicholas Clayton. The Pipe Organ Extravaganza celebrates Galveston Historical Foundation’s Dickens on The Strand festival, now in its 40th year.

 8:00 p.m.—Pipe Organ Extravaganza, Ronald Wyatt, concert organist



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Comments (2)

Anne M. Costello
Weidel Realtors - Yardley, PA

Love the idea of the concert and nice to hear the sanctuary of the church is restored. But what exactly is a Dickens Evening? Is it music from Dickens' era? Is it music inspired by Dicken's body of work? All or none of the above?

Nov 03, 2011 03:22 AM
Bill Cherry, Realtor - Dallas, TX
Broker & Wealth Coach

Anne, Dickens Evening on the Strand is a 40-year celebration that takes place in Galveston one weekend each year around Thanksgiving.  It happens on the streets among the famous 19th century iron front commercial building a block south of Galveston's wharves.

Put on by the Galveston Historical Foundation -- the largest historical foundation in Texas with more than 5,000 members -- it reenacts the days of Charles Dickens.  It attracts thousands. 

I had just opened my Galveston real estate business when we joined other members of GHF to stage the first Dicken's.  It was dreamed up by Peter Brink, who was the young and vibrant executive director of GHF.  He later became the vice president of the National Historic Trust, and has since retired.

Nov 03, 2011 03:38 AM