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Restored Organ Centerpiece Of IU Renovation

Last updated on Wednesday, August 7, 2013

(BLOOMINGTON,) - A massive organ built in Massachusetts has become the centerpiece of a renovation at Indiana University’s Alumni Hall.

The Webb-Ehrlich Great Organ was named Opus 91 by builders C.B. Fisk of Gloucester, Mass. IU vice president for capital planning and facilities.

Tom Morrison says it's a perfect fit for IU because the university has the nation's largest organ department at its Jacobs School of Music.

IU also owns two other C.B. Fisk organs.

The Herald-Times reports the organ is named for Music School Dean Emeritus Charles Webb and former IU President Thomas Ehrlich.

The organ includes 2,838 pipes and weighs more than 15 tons.

IU spent about $200,000 to acquire the instrument and another $500,000 to move and install it.

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