US educated Samoan musician Derek Wendt performing during the pipe organs dedication, Sunday evening
BY Lance Polu
APIA: TUESDAY 26 AUGUST 2014: Samoa’s only known Wicks Pipe Organ was dedicated last Sunday as to be the central piece for the music of praise and worship of the newly dedicated Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Mulivai, Apia.
The organ adds to the aura of the Cathedral already described as a masterpiece under the hand of a parish priest Father Ricky Bernard.
The dedication was attended by His Highness the Head of State Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi and Masiofo Filifilia, the Prime Minister, Speaker of Parliament, Cabinet Ministers and Members of Parliament and members of the Church.
The dedication service was led by Archbishop Alapati Mateiliga.
The organ was donated by the Presbyterian Church of Missouri, United States and the freight, packaging, customs duty and relative costs came to about $400,000 which the Samoan church had to pay for.
Two organists from the United States have been in Samoa for four weeks to install the organ above the Cathedrals main entrance which needed to be modified to fit the pipes.
A special concert was put up for the dedication that included performances by organists Jelli Romano Of the Fathers Love Begotten by Wilbur Held, Alan McNeely Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring by Johann Sebastian Bach and Samoan US educated musician Derek Wendt Alla Hornpipe Suite No 2 in D by G.F.Handel.
The performances were interspersed with the choirs of the Congregational Christian Church from Vini Fou, The Methodist Choir from Matafele and the Church of Jesus Christ in Apia.
A special church service for the Small Islands Developing States conference will be held at the Cathedral this coming Sunday.