Organ Tour Argentina 2017
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Our trip to Argentina in February 2017 was truly an amazing experience for all involved. We played a variety of instruments over the course of our week in South America and met an amazing group of people.
There were several highlights on this trip including the opportunity to see and play the Mutin Cavaille-Coll organ at the Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento in Buenos Aires as well as the Walcker organs at San Jose de Calasanz (Buenos Aires) and San Patricio (Mercedes). In addition, we spent a few days outside of the city in Rauch where our incredibly gracious hosts showed us the wonders of small town hospitality and farm to table cooking.
Any trip of a great distance in a new location gives the traveler unexpected experiences along the way. During our travels in Buenos Aires, Padre Antonio at the Basílica de María Auxiliadora y San Carlos gave us a guided tour which included the baptistery where Pope Francis was baptized.
It took the collaboration of several people to make this tour possible. I would like to thank Cristina Ayala de Zudaire for her support in creating this tour in Argentina in addition to her daily support during the tour itself. In addition, I thank Juan Maria Veniard for his help and insights throughout our trip. Thank you to the wonderful musicians we met throughout the week, especially Matias Sagreras and Claudio Messina who went above and beyond to welcome us as well as Manuel Maturo and Franco Savino who hosted us in their churches.
In addition I would like to thank all those who welcomed us during the tour especially , and last but not least Helena Zudaire for all of her help with support and translation throughout the week..
After an energizing week on Organ Tour Argentina 2017 I look forward to future projects ahead. For those reading about Organ Tour for the first time here, I hope you will consider joining us on a future tour.
Paul J. Carroll, Director, Organ Tour
February 17-24, 2017
Organ Tour Argentina 2017
Number of Instruments: 9
Oldest Instrument: c.1880
Youngest Instrument: 1958
Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19
San Pedro Apóstol, Rauch
Balbiani, Italia 1923
2 manuals, 23 ranks
Tuesday, February 21
Nuestra Señora de la Consolacion
Santiago Eduardo Poggi, Argentina (non-playable during our trip)
2 manuals, 8 ranks
San José de Calasanz, Buenos Aires
3 manuals, 35 ranks
Basílica de María Auxiliadora y San Carlos, Buenos Aires
Carlo Vegezzi Bossi, Italia 1910
4 manuals, 38 ranks
Wednesday, February 22
Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Socorro, Buenos Aires
3 manuals, 28 ranks
Basílica del Santísimo Sacramento, Buenos Aires
Mutin Cavaillé-Coll, 1912
4 manuals, 71 ranks
Thursday, February 23
Parroquia de San Patricio, Mercedes
4 manuals, 63 ranks
Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Luján
Mutin Cavaillé-Coll, circa 1908 (non-playable)
3 manuals, 49 ranks
Friday, February 24
San Ignacio de Loyola, Buenos Aires
Giovanni Tonoli, c. 1880 / Giacomo Locatelli, 1906
2 manuals, 22 ranks