The pipe organ of the grand theater at Sejong Center for the Performing Arts is out of service. “The use of pipe organ has been halted from January due to severe aging,” Kim Sung-kyu, president of Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, announced during a press conference on Wednesday. As such, there shall be no pipe organ performance at the grand theater of the arts complex.
“Since it is impossible to repair just the pipe organ, we need to perform repair work by closing the grand theater for three months, while repairing the stage as well. We are coordinating an appropriate period," said Mr. Kim. "We are looking for measures to fund part of the expenses by including the repair work of the pipe organ to the citizen-participating art fundraising which is to be vitalized this year.” Repairs are estimated to cost 495 million won.
The pipe organ was featured in April 1978 along with the opening of Sejong Center for the Performing Arts. Back then, the Karl Schuke organ was the largest one in Asia.