People are probably most familiar with the sounds of mechanical organs as background at amusement parks or carnivals. They don’t always know the rich heritage, the grand design, or the incredible, versatile sounds these glorious machines can make.
That’s why, with the help of the Princeton Merchants Association, the Carousel Organ Association of America (COAA) and the Automatic Musical Instruments Collectors Association (AMICA) will combine with a band organ rally that will bring more than two dozen ornate, elaborate mechanical organs to the streets, squares, and parks of Princeton for the first time on August 6 and 7.
This wonderful weekend of music will be one of three or four organ rallies around the country this summer, and is unique in that most of these rallies happen in more rural areas. But then, Princeton is a pretty unique place, with its deep love for arts and culture, and COAA and AMICA figured it would be an ideal venue to show off these magnificent instruments.