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April 1, 2015

Contact: Larry O'Dell

MEDIA ADVISORY OHS and OU announce a partnership to preserve and restore a rare theatre-style pipe organ.

The historic Kilgen Opus 5281 organ will be one of only four playable in the United States and one of ten overall. In 1935 Oklahoma City's WKY radio installed the instrument in its Skirvin Tower studios and later it was used at the Municipal Auditorium, now the Civic Center Music Hall. The Oklahoma Historical Society and the University of Oklahoma have successfully raised private funds to support this $500,000 project. Representatives of OHS and the American Organ Institute, OU School of Music will be at the Oklahoma History Center to launch the project.

What: Press event to launch the Kilgen theatre-style pipe organ project between the Oklahoma Historical Society and the American Organ Institute, University of Oklahoma School of Music
Who: Dr. Bob Blackburn, OHS
Dr. John Schwandt, Jeremy Wance, John M. Riester, and Dan Sliger, OU
Dusty Miller, volunteer curator

When: Thursday, April 2 at 1 p.m.

Where: Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., Oklahoma City

For more information contact Larry O'Dell at 405-213-7521 or lodell@okhistory.org (photos will be available.)

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