A Concert in Honor of Hradetzky Orgelbau

Event details

  • Sunday | October 19, 2014
  • 5:00 pm
  • St. Paul's Nave and the Brooks Room

Karel Paukert and friends – Sandy Simon, soprano and John Rautenberg, flute – will offer a concert encompassing four centuries of music on the Hradetzky organ. Following the program, Gerhard Hradetzky, the builder of St. Paul’s organ will give an informal talk on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Hradetzky Orgelbau, Austria (the organ company).

Gerhard will share some personal stories about his father, Gregor, a canoer and organ builder. In the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Gregor won two  gold medals (in the K-1 1000 meter and the K-1 10000 meter events). He subsequently joined the Waffen-SS, the hated arm of the German Nazi Party. Later father Gregor and son Gerhard parted ways, never to be reunited. Gerhard’s touching story will be accompanied by a series of historical photographs.

Gerhard and Violetta

St. Paul’s gallery organ is nearly 30 years old and is currently undergoing a thorough cleaning, regulation and re-voicing by Gerhard Hradetzky, assisted by his daughter Violetta. This organ in Italian style was a gift by an anonymous St. Paul’s parishioner. It complements the sonic palette of the venerable Holtkamp and is especially well-suited for the music of the Italian settecento and baroque music in general.

Please plan to join us for the concert, followed by a reception in the Sanders Room and Gerhard Hradetzky’s talk in the Brooks Room.