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WELCOME TO OPUS 327
Opus 327 nfp is dedicated to the preservation, performance, and promotion of the century-old Ernest M. Skinner Opus 327 pipe organ at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Evanston, Illinois.
At a quiet corner of southeast Evanston, there lives a remarkable piece of living history. The pipe organ at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is Ernest M. Skinner’s “Opus 327,” and it is a century-old treasure. Opus 327 is a four-manual pipe organ of noble size and scale, which has weathered the relentless forces of time to remain in its near-original condition after one hundred years of use. Our organization is grounded in the conviction that this instrument possesses extraordinary artistic, historic, technological, and social significance and is a cultural inheritance to be passed on to future generations. We are committed to ensuring that funds are available to maintain the organ for generations to come.
Opus 327 promotes performance by supporting concerts, recitals, and recordings. Organists regularly contact the church and ask to play the instrument, and many American organists have honed their improvisational skills on Opus 327. Many choral and instrumental groups, a large number of which involve members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, regularly offer concerts at St. Luke's, which has an acoustic space perfectly suited for organ music.
Opus 327 seeks to expand public awareness of pipe organs, bringing a new generation of organ audiences, supporters, technicians, and artists into the fold of a flourishing pipe organ community.
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