This is the first CD ever made of the Palladium Theater's majestic Skinner Organ Opus #552, which was installed in the summer of 1926 with 4 manuals and 39 ranks.
Skinner organs are respected for their lush orchestral sounds and superior craftsmanship and engineering. Remaining examples of the company's fine unduplicated work are treasures increasingly difficult to find.
The Skinner Organ Company, Boston, 1900-1971 was one of the foremost pipe organ builders in America. This leader in late-romantic organs installed nearly 1400 instuments and perfected the first reliable electric key-action for pipes.
Built in 1925 the former home of the First Church of Christ Scientist was transformed in 1998 into the Palladium Theater, a state-of-the-art performance venue seating 900 patrons on two levels with unobstructed view of the thrust stage.
Sylvia Marcinko Chai performs regularly at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg Florida. She is Director of Music at James A. Haley Veterans Administration Hospital in Tampa, Florida and Spanish Choir Director/Organist at the Church of the Incarnation in Tampa, Florida. She is the former Director of Music/Organist at St. Jospeh Church in Tampa.
Sylvia Chai has served churches in Pompton Plains, Pequannock, Paterson, and Wayne, New Jersey. She began her church music career at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lynwood, California at the age of 13.
A Minnesota native (from a farm between Holdinford and Upsala), Chai received her BA and MAT degrees from the University of Redlands in California. She studied privately with concert organist Claire Coci. She also studied with Rosalma van Patten one of whose teachers was a student of Franz Liszt. (The great piano virtuoso Franz Liszt studied with Carl Czerny who studied with Ludwig Beethoven).
Organ recital appearances include St. Patrick's Cathedral, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church and Grace Church in New York City as well as the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul and the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida.
1. Final from Symphony No. 1 --Louis Vierne
2. Fugue in C Major--Dietrich Buxtehude
3. Arioso-J.S. Bach
4. Air (From Overture in D) - J. S. Bach
5. The Swan - Camille Saint-Saens
6. Pastorela C Dur - Frantisek Xaver Brixi
7. Pastorela C Dur - Jakub Valerian Paus
8. Fanfare in C Major - Henry Purcell
9. Cena Pascual - Perla More
10. Go Tell It on the Mountain - Joe Utterback
11. Toccata from Symphony No. 5 for the Organ - Charles-Marie Widor