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Rare organ turns 150 years old

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- St. John's Catholic Church in Bangor is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its prized possession and historic gem - an E. and G.G. Hook organ that was made in 1860.

The Opus 288 organ is one of only a handful of its kind north of Boston.  The organ was brought in pieces to Bangor from Boston by horse-drawn carriage and steamboat.  It still contains most of its original components which includes ebony, ivory, and cow bone keys, a silver plate, and walnut wood.  Kevin Birch, the music director and organist at St. John's says it's an honor to play on this organ every week.

"It's really a great privilege. This organ sounds beautiful and it looks beautiful," Birch said. "It has a very responsive action.  It's been very well taken care of by the people here at St. John's for many many years." 

Concerts will be held at St. John's Catholic Church on York Street in Bangor at 8 p.m. tonight, Thursday, and Friday night.