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Presidents' Day Organ Festival - an 'organ crawl' in San Marino and South Pasadena




Manuel Rosales poses with an organ horn.
Manuel Rosales poses with an organ horn.
John Rabe

I just got a an invitation from Manuel Rosales, who built the Disney Hall organ, for a fun, easy, and free event on Monday, Feb. 16. It's an organ crawl in San Marino and South Pasadena. And honestly, when was the last time you went on an organ crawl?

The Presidents' Day Organ Festival, presented by the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, includes four churches and four organs played by five organists:  Jaebon Hwang of Westwood United Methodist Church in LA; Aaron David Miller of House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, MN; Tom Mueller, Assistant Professor of Music and University Organist at Concordia University in Irvine; Richard Unfried, Professor of Music Emeritus at Biola University in La Mirada; and James Welch of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Palo Alto.

It starts with sweet rolls in front of the Colonial Kitchen on Huntington, then moves to First Church of Christ, Scientist; Community Presbyterian Church; Calvary Presbyterian Church; and Holy Family Catholic Church.