organ

5:21pm

Thu December 12, 2013
Arts & Culture

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Conroy Memorial Organ

Conroy Memorial Organ at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland

5:20pm

Thu September 26, 2013
Arts & Culture

The organ pipes are still singing at AT&T Park

Steve Hogan plays at AT&T Park, September 2013.
Photo by Chris Hoff

Good organ music can be a religious experience, especially when it's written by composers like Johann Sebastian Bach, and played on massive organs with over 10,000 pipes.


But then there's another kind of organ music, played in a different type of cathedral, on a small Hammond organ. This is the music of Steve Hogan, organist for the San Francisco Giants.

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10:03am

Thu June 14, 2012
Arts & Culture

The anonymous celebrity behind the Wurlitzer organ

You probably know Jim Riggs best by the back of his head. He's often seen rising out of the stage in Bay Area movie theaters playing the organ. He is among a handful of people in the world who can tame the Mighty Wurlitzer, a massive instrument with eighteen hundred pipes, 244 keys, and 32 foot pedals. April Dembosky sat down with Riggs at the Paramount Theater in Oakland to talk about the history of the organ, his technique, and what it's like being an anonymous celebrity.

DEMBOSKY: Can you explain the anatomy of the organ? It seems very complicated.

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11:17am

Thu February 23, 2012
Arts & Culture

The anonymous celebrity behind the Wurlitzer organ

You probably know Jim Riggs best by the back of his head. He's often seen rising out of the stage in Bay Area movie theaters playing the organ. He is among a handful of people in the world who can tame the Mighty Wurlitzer, a massive instrument with eighteen hundred pipes, 244 keys, and 32 foot pedals. April Dembosky sat down with Riggs at the Paramount Theater in Oakland to talk about the history of the organ, his technique, and what it's like being an anonymous celebrity.

DEMBOSKY: Can you explain the anatomy of the organ? It seems very complicated.

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