Cameron Carpenter re: early inspiration from Shea's Wurlitzer Organ

The "International Touring Organ" (ITO) redefines the digital organ as a serious instrument for the touring artist. In the past, an audience had to travel to the organ instead of the organ and organist traveling to where the audience is. For example, Kleinhans Music Hall, where dynamic young organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter will join the BPO for a concert like no other, featuring not only Saint-Saens’ “Organ Symphony” but Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ and Orchestra.

Marshall & Ogletree has overcome this problem with the all-digital ITO. They started with "sampling" (recording) sounds from many traditional pipe organs, including many of Cameron Carpenter’s favorite instruments – from church cathedrals to theater organs (and one of his favorite Wurlitzers is right here in Buffalo at Shea's Performing Art Center). Then these various "sampled" sounds were installed in an organ designed to be internationally mobile – an idea impractical or impossible by other means.

There are two opportunities to hear this marvel of 21st century technology - Friday March 10 at 10:30 a.m. (come early for complimentary coffee and donuts) and Saturday, March 11 at 8:00 p.m. The program, conducted by JoAnn Falletta, includes DUKAS Fanfare to La Péri POULENC Concerto in G minor for Organ, Strings and Timpani; JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 546; and SAINT-SAËNS Symphony No. 3, “Organ.” For tickets and information, call the BPO Box Office at 716-885-5000 or visit