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NIU group to attend Wurlitzer concert

Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

Members of the Northern Illinois University Annuitants Association and their guests will attend the 19th annual “Concert for Life” in the music salon of Jasper and Marian Sanfilippo in Barrington on July 13.

The show features a concert on the largest restored theater organ in the world (80 ranks, 8,000 pipes). The concert takes place at a private estate and the music collection is in the 44,000- square-foot “Place de la Musique,” along with 200 music boxes, 65 coin-operated pianos, violin machines, 60 large orchestrations, 25 dance organs, fairground calliopes plus the 1890 restored carousel Eden Palais with 36 hand-carved Hubner horses.

Also in the collection is an 1881 Grant railroad locomotive and tender. Items in the collection have come from San Francisco’s Cliff House, Valente’s House of Nickelodeons in Chicago and the Henry Ford Museum at Greenfield Village, Mich. This once-a-year concert will feature organists Lyn Larsen and Jelani Eddington plus a big band show with Jack Bethards & Orchestra.

The coach will leave DeKalb at 11 a.m. to go to Barrington and return to DeKalb about 6:30 p.m. following a light supper at the concert. A box lunch is included.

To reserve a spot or for questions, contact Steven Johnson, sjohnso11@niu.edu or call Carder Travel Ltd. at 815-756-1547.

For more information, visit www.niu.edu/ annuitants.

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