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. 

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