The Timeless Beauty of Hook Organs

Organist Maury Castro and organ restorer Sean O’Donnell will present a program on each of two 19th century Hook organs: The conserved, all original 1861 E & GG at Sear’s Chapel, Brookline Mass and the H&H recently rebuilt and relocated to Church of Our Savior, Brookline, Mass.

The program will be free and open to the public.  The capacity of the churches is in excess of 200.

While the program will present ‘period appropriate’ music on each of these instruments, the strong focus will be on the vibrant role these instruments play in the current and future lives of these congregations.

The program will feature music by 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st century composes including Felix Mendelssohn, John Stanley, and Rachel Laurin.

The program will begin at 1:00 PM at Sears’ Chapel.


E. & G.G. Hook, Opus 307, 1861

E. & G.G. Hook, Opus 307, 1861



E. & G.G. Hook, Opus 307, 1861

Sean O’Donnell & Associates, restoration, 2007





At 1:45 the group will move to Church of Our Savior, a few hundred yards away.


Hook & Hastings, Opus 1366, 1887

Hook & Hastings, Opus 1366, 1887


Hook & Hastings, Opus 1366, 1887







At 2:00, Mr. Castro will present the 2ndhalf of his concert.

At the conclusion of Mr. Castro’s concert (approx. 2:45) both consoles will be open for interested musicians to explore.

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Both churches are easily accessible from the T’s Greenline, with easy access to the hotel, Symphony Hall, and The First Church of Christ, Scientist.


The a Greenline “D-Riverside” train to the Longwood stop (the 2nd above-ground stop). Sears’ Chapel will be directly in front of you when you step off the train.  Walk to your right, around the stone wall, to find the entrance to the churchyard.

Join Us for Lunch!

The Sears family and the Congregation of Christ Church, Longwood, invite you to join us for a complimentary light snack and a cold drink in the beautiful and spacious churchyard at Sears Chapel on Monday afternoon before the program, starting at 11:30.

Gourmet food trucks from some of Boston’s leading restaurants will be on hand for those desiring lunch.