A 150-ton organ that was silence by a hurricane in 1944 will once again be heard at the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City this month.

Starting May 19, daily noon-time recitals will take place in the main hall with organist Steve Ball playing the partially-restored Midmer-Losh Pipe Organ, according to a statement from the Historic Organ Restoration Committee, Inc.

The restoration of the organ began 7 years ago and is still not complete. The first time it was heard since being silenced in 1944 was at the Miss America Pageant last year. 

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By then about 20 percent was restored, and another 15 percent should be complete by the summer of this year.

The instrument is essentially a part of the building, concealed behind grillwork around the main auditorium. It is the largest musical instrument ever constructed, according to HORC.

It has a main console with seven manual keyboards, a pedal keyboard and 1,235 stop tablets to control 33,112 pipes.

The daily recitals beginning May 19 will be followed by a chance to meet Ball and take a free guided organ tour.

Anjalee Khemlani

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