Santa Cruz Baroque Festival

Linda Burman-Hall, Artistic Director

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Boomeria Organ Extravaganza
Saturday July 11, 2015
1 - 5 PM
60 Verde Drive, Bonny Doon, California 95060

The grounds of Boomeria are full of surprises, including a castle, catacombs, and a wonderful pipe organ inside the Chapel Royal. Created and maintained by "The Boom", a long-time local high school chemistry and physics teacher, Boomeria is a well-kept local secret. The Boomeria Organ itself was a project begun in 1953. In that year Trinity Paris Church (now Cathedral) in San Jose replaced its vintage 1879 organ console, which originally had been donated to the church by The Boom's great grandmother. Boomer rescued the console along with two sets of pipes. Generations of Boomer's San Lorenzo High School students helped with the building of this massive instrument and its intricate mechanisms, along with assistance from organ builders Bill Reid, John West, and Bill Visscher. The Boomeria organ now features 40 ranks, 2500 pipes, baroque voicing, and mechanical action. Watch some fun Boomeria videos!

Listen to hours of music in the beautiful surroundings of the Bonny Doon forest. Featured organists are Preston Boomer, William Visscher, Tyler Hayford, Faith Lanam, Vlada Volkova-Moran and Bruce Sawhill, who bring to life the repertoire and spirit of this magnificent instrument. Tenor Joshua Lanam is also featured. As an added treat, guests are invited to crawl through the organ's insides!

Enjoy local and organic snacks with vegan and gluten-free options, along with an assortment of soft drinks, organic Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Amber Ale, and Hallcrest Vineyards wine. Proceeds from this fundraising event benefit the continued operation of the Baroque Festival's annual concert season.

Tickets are $50; admission is free for children 14 and under when accompanied by parent or guardian.


The Santa Cruz Baroque Festival is a tax-exempt arts organization funded by your donation, ticket sales, and grants from the Arts Council Santa Cruz County, corporations, and family foundations. Our programs are co-sponsored by KUSP-FM. All facilities are accessible.

Santa Cruz Baroque Festival ● 831-457-9693 ● E-mail ● P.O. Box 482 ● Santa Cruz, CA 95061

Our events are in part supported by grants from the Arts Council Santa Cruz County