Davis Concert Organ
The biggest addition to the performance chamber at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music is the magnificent Davis Concert Organ. Launched at a sold-out gala performance on September 14, 2002, the beautiful creation in wood and metal was built by Orgues Létourneau Limitée of St. Hyacinthe, Québec. It features 96 stops, 122 ranks, and 6,551 pipes – a stunning aural as well as visual delight.
The organ is named the Davis Concert Organ both to acknowledge the generosity of Dr. Stuart Davis, and for him to honour the memory of his late wife Winona. The organ has been featured in many Winspear Centre concerts during its first years in the hall, and has proved to be a major draw to the hall.
Dr. Stuart G. Davis (1917-2005)
Dr. Stuart G. Davis was born in Lethbridge, Alberta on June 15, 1917. He attended the University of Alberta and McGill University, where he obtained his Ph.D. For forty years, Dr. Davis taught at the University of Alberta and was made Professor Emeritus upon his retirement.
In 1940, Dr. Davis married Winona Turner of Barons, Alberta. Mrs. Davis also graduated from the University of Alberta and they shared a love of music, attending the symphony and other musical events over many decades together. They both treasured organ music especially, which is why Dr. Davis knew that his gift, which enabled the Winspear Centre's organ to be realized, would be so appropriate.
Dr. Davis passed away July 30, 2005. He was a generous supporter and a good friend of the Edmonton Symphony and the Winspear Centre, and we miss him.