Support the Donald Phipps
The Hanover Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer is the largest theatre pipe organ in New England, and is recognized by staff and board members as one of the most fabulous gifts made to the organization. As stewards of this amazing gift, it is our responsibility to properly maintain the organ and create opportunities to share with patrons and the greater community.
Mighty Wurlitzer Fund
As a distinguishing feature, the Wurlitzer Organ enhances the preservation of our rich history and the traditions of the era of luxurious, vaudeville theatres. We will continue to utilize the organ for ceremonial events, during our annual production of A Christmas Carol and as pre-show entertainment at select performances throughout the season.
We want to ensure that The Mighty Wurlitzer is properly cared for and remains a fitting legacy to the work of Don Phipps and the organ team. The theatre established the Donald Phipps Mighty Wurlitzer Fund to preserve, maintain and share with the community this special gift.
Please consider a contribution to The Donald Phipps Mighty Wurlitzer Fund. Your support will help to secure the organ's future and make it accessible to everyone in our community.
For more information on the fund, contact:
Nel Lazour, director of development
Praise for The Mighty Wurlitzer
"When my wife and I went to The Hanover Theatre on November 5, we were expecting a recognition event for Franklin Square Society members and recognition for Don Phipps and his helpers. We really had no expectations regarding the performance that we were about to see. We thought that we would hear a few tunes highlighting the Wurlitzer, hear a few thank you's and be home in short order. What we got was a delightful evening of true entertainment. We sat there and were totally enthralled with what we saw and heard. It was a wonderful show and we left with a greater appreciation of The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts and a further endorsement of why we have chosen to support The Hanover Theatre. Kudos to all who made the evening a great success. " - Barry & Jean Alman
Thank you to the following foundations for their
support of our community arts programming and
The Wurlitzer Fund:
American Theatre Organ Society
The Hermann Foundation
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Memorial Foundation for the Blind
Shanklin Music Hall Foundation
Worcester Education Development Foundation
Worcester Arts Council
Pictured from L to R: Curator, Bruce Hager; Assistant Curator; John Phipps, Resident Organist; Len Beyersdorfer and Founder and Techinical Consultant, Don Phipps.