PIPESCREAMS! needs yoooo….

PIPESCREAMS! needs yoooo….

Pipescreams isn’t scary without organists.

Don’t forget the costume! 

Image 11Our popular Halloween extravaganza Pipescreams will once more be hosted by Church of Christ, Congregational, 1075 Main St., Newington. The fun begins on Friday, October 24th at 7pm, with a program of organ music ranging from the sublimely creepy to the weirdly wonderful, with everything in between. Whether you are feeling like an old mummy, a young werewolf or maybe just the most beautiful princess in the world, get out that crazy costume and add to the show! Strut your stuff in the ‘costume parade’ or just sit back and boo and hiss at our talented chapter organists. Invite all of your friends and family to this evening of entertainment for the young-at-heart. A reception featuring devilishly delicious treats and spooky snacks will follow the concert.

Organists – it’s not too late to offer your unique contribution! If you would like to give that unusual piece a whirl, you know, the one that is so much fun but somehow just wouldn’t fly on a Sunday morning, contact Kari Magg (kari.magg@snet.net).

A Short History of Pipescreams

Image 33You might be interested to know that our chapter has mounted a Pipescreams show since 1989. The first spooktacular was held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Hartford. The following year it went to St. John’s Episcopal in West Hartford and then on to a number of other locations, including Asylum Hill Congregational Church, Trinity College Chapel, Christ Church Cathedral and South Congregational Church — all located in Hartford.

For seven years (1999-2005) Pipescreams held forth at the United Methodist Church of Hartford where there must have been many devils to exorcise. Then the First Church of Christ in Glastonbury was brave enough to take us on for four years (2006-2009). In 2010 the event materialized at St. John’s Episcopal in West Hartford and reappeared for two more years. Last year, the ghouls and ghosts showed up at the Church of Christ, Congre- gational in Newington and will pop out there again this year.



Pipescreams Needs Yoooooooo!


Pipescreams isn’t scary without organists!

Friday, October 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm at Church of Christ, Congregational, 1075 Main St., Newington.

Have you run into any of the following confusions among your own congregations? “Organs” belong
in funeral and wedding chapels where the music is ignore-able and to be treated as is done in daytime TV drama! Organs are half-alive terrors, living in basements and puffing smoke out of their pipes, playing haunting music and connected with “Phantom of the Opera!” Organs are outdated now in history, and it’s okay for a minister to assign Bart Simpson and his friend Milhouse to take wire brushes to the pipes as punishment for bad behavior. I have been told, “Our church has two organs – a pipe one, and a real one.”

I have met choir members who didn’t notice that the pedal board is different from a piano’s, and others don’t recognize the significance of stops. Colleagues! There is room for us to educate our friends and neighbors!

Pipescreams is a great opportunity to do just that. Building on the drama and attraction of the organ’s stereotype for spookiness, PipeScreams invites us to draw in the public and expand their sense of what a real organ can be and offer – “living and breathing” under our fingers, showing off music the audience came for, played in ways beyond the audience’s expecta- tions, live, and with more than the audience bargained for – in the best sense of that.

AGO pic 5This year, Pipescreams will be offered at the Church of Christ, Congregational UCC in Newington (1075 Main Street, Newington) on Friday, October 25, at 7:00 p.m. It has been three or four years since Pipescreams last moved in location. Each church and host musician has particular gifts to offer, but some things won’t change: come in costume, boo & hiss, and look for refreshments after!

If you are interested in playing, and for answers to most of your other questions, contact Meg Smith (mcapsmith@gmail.com). Come. Join the fun and “blow” our minds!