U of M President Kaler recently announced that a generous bequest from a University alumnus will provide the funds needed to complete the restoration of Northrop's historic Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ. Dr. Roger E. Anderson, a long-time supporter of the organ project, left a final bequest that will provide up to $2.8 million for the restoration and re-installation of the historic instrument.
The organ components -- nearly 7,000 pipes -- were carefully crated and catalogued as part of the theater renovation in anticipation of its eventual refurbishment. The process is estimated to take 14-18 months to complete once restoration work begins. Northrop's new acoustics will allow the instrument to be heard as it never was before. Northrop is extremely grateful for this gift, which brings us that much closer to hearing the majestic Aeolian-Skinner organ once again.
Read more about the organ restoration in this Fincance and Commerce article.