On Sunday, March 18, Kansas Chapters of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) will sponsor a tour of two pipe organs in Pratt — with a program geared to interest young people of all ages, and particularly suited to families.
Those who attend will hear the instruments and learn more about how they work. Beginning at 2 p.m. with First United Methodist Church, 100 N. Jackson, the tour will move on by family car to St. Paul Lutheran Church, just northeast of Pratt.
After looking at pipes inside the St. Paul organ, young keyboard players will also be invited to try one of their piano pieces at the instrument. Refreshments will be served around 3:30 p.m., and the public is cordially invited to attend, free of charge.
This affair is part of the Kansas AGO Chapters’ State-wide Sunflower Organ Initiative — a celebration of Kansas organs and organists begun in the State’s sesquicentennial year. The Initiative first sponsored a Family Organ Tour in Wichita; and shortly following, Governor Brownback proclaimed the month of October 2011, as “Sunflower Organists Month.” At present, Family Organ Tours are also scheduled in McPherson and Great Bend, while events in other Kansas towns are being considered as well.