12-23 & 12/30: Music Near the Market



Most of Ohio City’s landmarks are old and large. But down a side street, inside Trinity Lutheran Church, sits a mechanical Beckerath pipe organ — the first of its kind in the U.S. Built in Hamburg in 1956, it came up the St. Lawrence Seaway on a ship with craftsmen who reassembled it at Trinity. With the exception of a one-horsepower motor that supplies the wind, the organ is a purely mechanical instrument. Touching a key or pulling a stop sets in motion levers that open valves that allow wind to fill the pipes. And viola! — glorious sound. Organists Florence Mustric and Robert Myers — with help from Oberlin Conservatory organ students — have kept the music playing for years at lunchtime every Wednesday. The instrument is of a size and style that’s perfect for the music of J.S. Bach, which Myers will play during programs at 12:15 p.m. today and next Wednesday, December 30, at Trinity Lutheran Church (2031 W. 30th St., 216.281.1700, clevelandbeckerath.org). Admission is free. — Michael Gill

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