Kathleen Gagne - Executive Director

Kathy Gagne of Mechanics Hall – History of the Hook Organ

Kathy Gagne, Executive Director Mechanics Hall, gives us the history of the Hook or Worcester organ. The Hook brothers installed the 3,504 pipe tracker organ in 1864. It is the oldest, unaltered four-keyboard pipe organ in the Western hemisphere that is still located at its original installation site. It will be played twice in August and the public is invited. The public is also invited to the 179th Annual Meeting of the Worcester County Mechanics Association on September 27th. Master Mechanic Award Recipients will be Mechanics Hall Principal Organist, Will Sherwood. And, Senate President Emerita, Senator Harriette Chandler, who will also be the evening’s guest speaker.

Director Kathleen Gagne Talks About Youth Performances

On this edition of “Inside Mechanics Hall” Executive Director Kathleen Gagne talks about youth. Mechanics Hall plays host to such groups as the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio and the John Philip Sousa National High School Honor Band along with nurturing area young people through Many Voices, Mechanics Hall Youth Singers. Mechanics Hall Youth Singers are 5th and 6th graders from anywhere and everywhere in the city of Worcester. Mechanics Hall is the home base of the Worcester Chamber Music Society. Their Neighborhood Strings program offers free music lessons in violin, viola, and cello to youth from Worcester’s Downtown and Main South Neighborhoods.

Inside Mechanics Hall – Milestones

Executive Director Kathleen Gagne tells us about a musical celebration taking place this Sunday at 4 PM to benefit the Worcester Organ.



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