Ruffatti Pipe Organ
As part of the renovation project of 2003, a new pipe organ was selected, built, and installed in the Cathedral. It is a 50 rank instrument, built in Padua, Italy, by the Brothers Ruffatti. Piero and Francesco Ruffatti have created a fine instrument for our worship space which is enhanced by the buoyant acoustics of the Cathedral.
The organ features many fine stops, including a specialty stop called the TROMBA PONTIFICALE or Pontifical Trumpets, which can be seen as well as heard as they flank the new rose window on the south wall. The main pipe work, located on the north end of the Cathedral, is just above the balcony in the barrell vaulted ceiling. The pipes are made of various metals and woods, and represent the finest of handcrafted workmanship. There are several rooms full of pipe work, most of which is concealed behind the facade pipes.
The console, or keyboard portion of the instrument, is located in the balcony, and contains state-of-the-art digital circuitry which gives the organist maximum flexibility while playing the instrument.
The organ is played at every Mass on the weekend, as well as diocesan events, concerts, & festivals.
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