Joyce Jones opened the Discovery Series on Monday evening at El Camino College with an organ lecture/demonstration. Unfortunately, Marsee Auditorium does not have an organ.
The delicate shudders of purists notwithstanding, electronic organs are probably the simplest way to get an intimation of the power and glory of the real thing in a large hall. But it should be borne in mind that the three-manual Rodgers instrument Jones played is really a synthesizer. Consoles may come and go, and actions change radically, but the sound of an organ is in its pipes.
Jones confided that she grew up in ignorance of the organ, believing it a modern instrument. That belief is still evident in her fondness for the harpsichord stop, or the harp stop which she classified as percussion. Such things are well outside the tradition of the classical pipe organ.
On Sunday Jones played two recitals in Carmel, and Monday afternoon at El Camino she gave a duplicate of her evening program. Therefore, fatigue was understandable, but replacing Liszt's Fantasia and Fugue on "Ad nos, ad salutarem undam" with Robert Elmore's Rumba was not a fair trade.