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2009-05-05 15:45:00

A Japanese scientist claims that humans may be able to harvest transplant organs from sheep within a decade.Professor Yutaka Hanazono told London's Times Online that he his sheep has been successfully modified to develop a spare pancreas hidden in its underbelly.Although the only viable donor for the spare pancreas would be a diabetic chimpanzee, Professor Hanazono said it represents an opportunity to provide harvestable human organs in sheep and ending the ethical debate over the use of...

2009-02-28 14:10:21

Kennedy Center officials in Washington say they're in a dilemma over a pipe organ that makes embarrassing noises but costs too much to repair or replace. The center's organ, installed in 1972, emits loud whining noises of its own volition, which is embarrassing during concerts, The Washington Post reported Saturday. The thing is non-functional, really, said Julian Wachner, music director of the Washington Chorus. The organ was poorly constructed and renovations moved it 15 feet back,...

2008-12-10 09:14:00

Special Float is Tribute to Nebraska Family's Story of Organ Donation OMAHA, Neb., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Without knowing what lay ahead for their young children 24 years ago, Milt and Janet Bemis enjoyed life with their active two-year-old Matthew, while the family of 14-month-old Lily watched helplessly as her liver failed from a deadly cancer. In an instant, everything changed. Matthew Bemis tragically drowned at a lakeside barbeque that summer day in 1984. But his parent's...

2008-10-10 18:00:34

By CRAIG SMITH Major assembly required On Feb. 24, nearly 100 congregants of First Presbyterian Church came together to help unload a huge present they had given themselves, the city's musical community, and the future. It was packed in an equally huge gray metal box on wheels: a semi parked on Grant Avenue between the church and the unfinished Santa Fe Community Convention Center. Like a bicycle on a long-ago birthday, it came in pieces, though it had been previously assembled -- after...

2008-09-21 12:00:20

By Edward Reichel Deseret News Each year the Eccles Organ Festival at the Cathedral of the Madeleine attracts organists from around the world. Since the festival spans only five concerts (spread out over two months), it's not easy deciding on whom to invite. But each year, the festival brings Salt Lake audiences the widest possible group of performers representing the widest range of styles and repertoire. And this year's festival is particularly appealing, according to cathedral organist...

2008-09-15 12:00:15

Providence Presbyterian Church (9019 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA 22031), "Where Life and Faith Connect," today announced its concert season's opening performance, "Sights and Sounds of the Pipe Organ." Nationally recognized performers, Mary Mozelle, organist, and Dennis Owens, retired WGMS morning host, will combine their talents to demonstrate the magnificence of Providence's new Lively-Fulcher pipe organ. The performance will be presented on Sunday, October 5 at 7:00 P.M. and will be...

2008-08-31 12:00:23

By Bill Blankenship By Bill Blankenship THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL An English organist whose concert tour includes stops at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles will perform today at Topeka's Grace Episcopal Cathedral. Richard Pilliner will play the cathedral's 62-rank pipe organ at 5 p.m. today in the cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th, to kick off a new edition of its Great Spaces Music & Arts Series. Admission is free, but a freewill...

2008-08-10 15:00:26

Retired Air Force Col. Jack Moelmann spent $118,000 to rent out New York's Radio City Music Hall for an organ recital, the New York Post says. The Post said Sunday that the 67-year-old organ player spent his own cash to finance Saturday's performance, which included musical accompaniment from five other organists. The main draw for Moelmann appears to have been the hall's famed Wurlitzer organ, which represents the largest theater pipe organ the U.S. company ever created. Moelmann's...

2008-08-10 03:00:14

By Jerry Berrios HOLLYWOOD - At 95, Bob Mitchell shows no signs of slowing down. Mitchell, one of the last original silent movie organists, has a pocket calendar filled with gigs at churches, theatres and events. "I enjoy playing and they keep on calling me," Mitchell says. "It's wonderful, not only that I can do it, but that I am in demand. I'm not going to tell them 'No, I'm 95. I'm not going to play."' Mitchell's musical career started at age 12 when he began accompanying silent...

2008-07-28 00:00:28

By Daniel Skolfield, Odessa American, Texas Jul. 27--The familiar tune of "The Old Rugged Cross" resonates from Tim York's Dobro steel guitar with its unique style of the old Christian hymn. Plucked chords from finger picks and a slider bar amplify through the electric lap guitar in preparation for Sunday's performance, echoing melodious vibrations unlike any other. And that's exactly what York loves about the stringed instrument -- it's different. "I heard a steel guitar once as a...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.