A monumental organ will embellish with its music the liturgy in our Metropolitan Cathedral and will be built and installed before the arrival of the Pope for the World Youth Day in January 2019.
This was announced by the Archbishop of Panama, José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta, on Monday, January 29, when the contract for the construction of the new Organ between the Archdiocese of Panama and the Spanish company Santarrufina, SL of Madrid was signed; and that it will be built by Ogelbau Katarazyna Kacmarczyk organ builders in Poland.
The archbishop said that this first Cathedral of Tierra Firme, under the patronage of Santa Maria La Antigua, elevated to a basilica by Pope Francis, will have an organ that will be built in Poland and will be installed at the beginning of next year, thanks to the effort and work of the Committee. Archdiocesan of the Churches of the Old Town, and above all to the generosity of the Panamanian people.
For Rafael Molina Salazar, of the Santarrufina company, he affirmed that "today is a very special day for all of us, for the Panamanians and for the whole Church because it is a unique organ destined for a Cathedral, it is a work of God, and the treatment is totally different. " It is a monumental organ of 38 records, which allows the interpretation of any work, be it classical, romantic or modern, he added.
Organs of that magnitude, Molina explained, require years to build and install them; They use different materials such as the different metal tubes that are made with zinc alloys to vary in sound.
On the other hand, the organ box is going to be built of pine, because it is a very valid material for the construction of an organ or resonance due to the characteristics of its sound, and in terms of weight it is lighter than other types of wood .
This organ of the Cathedral is mechanical, with electromagnetic and will be finished in polychrome, mimicking the finish with the altarpiece of the High Altar.
For Ricardo Gago, president of the Archdiocesan Committee of Friends of the Casco Antiguo, this is a very macro project, which began in the Church of La Merced, where the organ is already held, intended for ecclesiastical ceremonies for concerts and church events .
The project is very big because the equipment of the Cathedral; This includes not only the organ but also stained glass and other aspects, he said.