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30 years after construction began, cathedral’s towering organ may finally find its full voice

(Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post)

The instrument can be played, but it’s missing more than one-third of its 6,000 pipes and only two of its four keyboards work. But as Washington’s Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle approaches its 175th anniversary, it hopes it can raise the final amount needed to have the organ finished.

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    Dreaming of the perfect sound, with a half completed organ

    Dreaming of the perfect sound, with a half completed organ

    The Cathedral of St.Matthew of the Apostle is close to raising the $1 million needed to complete their church's French Romantic pipe organ, which has been under construction for almost three decades. The cathedral's music director takes us inside the instrument to see what's missing.​

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