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Hook organ dedication on Nov. 20 at Hammond Street Congregational

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BANGOR, Maine — All members and friends of the Maine Conference are cordially invited to attend the dedicatory concert of the E. and G.G. Hook pipe organ at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at Hammond Street Congregational Church, UCC, 28 High St. 

The recitalist will be Dr. Kevin Birch, music director of the St. John’s Catholic Church in Bangor.

When Hammond Street was remodeled in 1854, a tracker organ — Hook Opus 159 — was installed. A hundred years later, that instrument was replaced with an electronic organ. Thanks to a generous bequest from the estate of Dr. Waldo “Mac” Libbey, HSCC purchased an 1861 Hook pipe organ, Opus 304 from the New Hope Baptist Church in Boston, saving it from destruction. This two manual organ of 1,700 pipes, dedicated to the memory of the Libbey-McClure family, has been renovated and installed by A. David Moore, Inc., of Pomfret, Vermont.

The Rev. Dr. Mark Allen Doty is the Senior Pastor of Hammond Street Church.