Churches: Love em or leave em, theyve got all the damn organs in this town, so if you want to see and hear a towering set of time-honored pipes reverberate with melody, youve gotta get inside. But if church just aint your thing, dont worry: Shawn Snow, tour director for the Colorado Historical Society, admits its not his, either, which is why hes thrilled to lead todays Organ Crawl of Historic Denver Organs. Im not a church-goer, so I havent really heard these organs, he says. Im thinking that a lot of people are like that: Theyre curious, but they dont want to have to attend church to hear it.
The tour, which begins with the 122-year-old organ inside Trinity United Methodist, crawls to Saint Paul Lutheran Church and ends at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center (which, okay, isnt a church). At each stop, visitors will spend thirty minutes learning about the featured organs history and hearing it in action. Its an old instrument, almost a dying art form, Snow adds. But it has a lot of enthusiasts.
Become one today from 1 to 4 p.m. for $30 ($25 for society members). Trinity United is at 1820 Broadway. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 303-866-4686. More information is available at www.coloradohistory.org.
Fri., Oct. 1, 1-4 p.m., 2010