JAMESTOWN – The Pipe Organ at the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater has been damaged by snow melt.
According to a report from the associated press, a routine inspection of the amp’s 111-year-old Massey Memorial Organ revealed that water penetrated a protective cover and entered the organ’s wooden console and four ivory keyboards. The incident occurred while the 1907 Massey organ was stored backstage.
The organ sits at the heart of the institution’s amphitheater, which was recently rebuilt.
The keyboards will reportedly be restored, but noted that the organ’s pipework and other systems were unaffected.
Officials hope to have the unit restored in time for the 2018 season.