FASO - Friends of Aeolian Skinner Opus 1024

UPCOMING CONCERTS

FASO PRESENTS … The Chenaults!

Sunday, April 22nd, 7:30 PM

Tickets: $30; $10 for students and may be purchased online at www.FASOAmarillo.org or by calling (806) 376-6316 ext. 105.

FASO is thrilled to welcome back the world’s premiere duo organists The Chenaults to perform the finale concert of the FASO 2017-2018 Concert Season! The Chenaults  have recently released their latest album performed and recorded on St. Andrew’s  Aeolian-Skinner Organ!

Named "the World's Premiere Duo-Organ Team" by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Elizabeth and Raymond Chenault have concertized extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Specializing in works written for two performers, The Chenaults have commissioned, arranged and premiered over fifty organ duets, thereby making "organ music for four hands, four feet" synonymous with The Chenaults.  They have performed at the Association of Anglican Musicians, the International Summer Organ Festival at the Spreckels Organ Pavillion in San Diego, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, as well as the Crystal Cathedral, the Mormon Tabernacle, Washington National Cathedral, and St. Paul's Cathedral (London). They are regularly featured on "Pipedreams" (a weekly series of the American Public Radio network) and record for Gothic Records. 

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PURPOSE

Friends of Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1024 (FASO) was incorporated on May 16, 2005. The organization’s mission is to present professional performances of primarily classical music for the enjoyment and education of the people of Amarillo and the surrounding Texas Panhandle.  Click here to visit FASO's website.  

HISTORY

FASO came into being after an Amarillo church, St. Andrew’s Episcopal, burned to the ground in 1996. When the church began to rebuild, it was able to acquire from the University of Texas an extraordinary organ, one designed and built by the great English organ designer, G. Donald Harrison. Harrison was employed by the premiere organ building firm of the time, the Aeolian-Skinner Company.

The Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1024 is made of superb prewar materials, and the new church was carefully designed to furnish the best possible acoustical space for it. After investing over a million dollars for its restoration, the church has an instrument comparable to sister Aeolian-Skinners found in the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City and in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and St. Thomas, Fifth Avenue, New York.

An entity entirely separate from St. Andrew’s Church, FASO, is a group of music lovers who work closely with the church to organize and develop a yearly concert series designed to take advantage of the fine organ and acoustical setting. The church nave can hold approximately 500 people. The audiences for the concerts are of all ages and ethnicities and special emphasis is placed on drawing students from area schools and colleges to give them access to premiere professional musicians.

PERFORMANCES

In planning its concerts, FASO focuses on music from the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. It is now in its tenth full season of concerts and has presented programs from Christ Church, Oxford, England; Tom Murray, professor of organ and University Organist at Yale; Chanticleer, a vocal ensemble; and the Tokyo String Quartet.

For more information about concerts, visit FASO's website www.FASOAmarillo.org

AUDIENCE

FASO’s audience is drawn primarily from Amarillo, a city located in the center of the Texas Panhandle, which is an area the size of Illinois with a total population of about 500,000. The immediate Amarillo area contains 225,000 people, and the rest of the population lives in small towns or on farms and ranches. Clearly, many of these people rarely have the opportunity to hear live classical musical performances of the caliber FASO strives to bring to our area. FASO utilizes radio announcements via the regional affiliate of NPR, local newspapers, posters, flyers, web sites and mailings to disseminate information about FASO performances to the Panhandle area. 

FUNDING

Bringing world class musicians to our area is an expensive undertaking. FASO has solicited funds from foundations, individuals, and of course relies on season ticket subscriptions at various donor levels. We invite donations in any amount in order to continue offering performances that match the high standard of artistry already established.

BECOME A MEMBER

The “Friends”, a 501c3 presenting arts organization, has developed a tradition of incredibly beautiful music, featuring the 6000-plus pipe Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1024 organ. The concert series is funded through generous contributions of individuals, corporations, foundations, and memberships. We hope you consider becoming a member.

For information, please call 806-376-6316, x 105. Click here to visit FASO's website and join online.  

Manuals of Membership

Pipe organ keyboards are designated as manuals, arranged in a cascade from the top of the instrument case.

LEVEL

COST

DESCRIPTION

ADVANTAGES

Individual

$110.00

Single ticket to each concert

Guaranteed Preferred Seating

Pedal Manual

$200.00

Two tickets to each concert

17% savings over single tickets

Choir Manual

$275.00

Two tickets to each concert

$75 tax deductible contribution

Great Manual

$550.00

Two tickets to each concert

$350 tax deductible contribution

Swell Manual

$1000.00

Four tickets to each concert

$600 tax deductible contribution

Solo Manual

$2500.00

Reserved row for 6 individuals

$1900 tax deductible contribution

Student ticket to single concert $10.00

For individual and corporate concert sponsorship please contact us at 806.376.6316 x105.

Click here to visit FASO's website and subscribe online.