90th Anniversary of Mid Hudson Bridge – MODELS

Mid-Hudson Bridge models mark 90th anniversary of Hudson River crossing

From Mid Hudson News, July 31, 2020

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge will mark its 90th anniversary on August 25 and the Historic Bridges of the Hudson Valley (HBHV) introduced one of many bridge “models” Thursday afternoon in Waryas Park.

A model of the span celebrating Joseph Bertolozzi’s Bridge Music was painted by well-known local artist Franc Palaia and unveiled Thursday afternoon with the actual Mid-Hudson Bridge providing the backdrop for the artwork.


The HBHV is making a limited number of models of the bridge available for purchase by local businesses and individuals in both Poughkeepsie and Highland to commemorate the anniversary.  The bridge has been credited with creating the Hudson Valley by allowing ease of travel between Ulster and Dutchess counties and beyond.  A statement by HBHV says “Many businesses and civic organizations are successful, in part due to access provided by the Mid-Hudson Bridge.” 

Palaia was asked by Bertolozzi to paint the model that is now displayed in the park.  “Because he’s Mr. Bridge Music, I made sure that the imagery was musical,” said the artist.  The model includes a piano, music notes, drums, and other musical references.  Palaia said “I picked this spot because it’s in eye-shot of the Mid-Hudson Bridge.”

Admiring the model, Mayor Rob Rolison said “It’s right here, in the right spot, in Waryas Park.”  The mayor commended the idea of the models, saying “The Mid-Hudson Bridge is such an important crossing of this beautiful and majestic river.”  Rolison was joined at the unveiling by first ward councilman Chris Petsas who admired the addition to the park.  “This unique artwork is one more way that the city is becoming more pleasing to the eye.  This piece will be enjoyed by the countless number of people that visit the beautiful Waryas Park.”

Bridge Music in New Book on NY Bridges

#BridgeMusic appears in the new book “Bridges of the Mid-Hudson Valley.” It explores of the history of the New York State Bridge  Authority.
Author and Director of Historic Bridges of the Hudson Valley, Kathryn Burke illustrates her expertise with copious accounts and images from contemporary news stories and the architectural firms themselves. That’s me in the picture, Joseph Bertolozzi,risking my life to bring you good music! Bridge Music is a sister project to Tower Music in Paris, France.


Joseph Bertolozzi desccribes the making of Bridge Music in a virtual lecture hosted by the Walkway Over the Hudson

A nice way to take your mind off the pandemic for an hour… mark your calendar. I hope you can join us on Zoom, 1pm Sunday May 3, 2020. Details at https://www.facebook.com/events/259149281881220/

The Walkway Over the Hudson hosts this presentation as part of a broader partnership with myself and Bridge Music in the observance of both the Walkway’s 10th anniversary and the Mid Hudson Bridge’s 90th anniversary. In addition to my talk, we’ll see some videos, take a virtual tour out onto the Mid Hudson Bridge and have time for Q&A.


Joseph Bertolozzi had the singular experience of playing the great pipe organ at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, the largest pipe organ in the world. Yes, that’s seven keyboards!

Joseph Bertolozzi, composer & organist, demonstrating the largest pipe organ in the world at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ, January 16, 2020

Thanks to Nathan Bryson, Curator of Organs and Scott D Banks, Event Coordinator.

January 20, 2020

Powerful, yes; smooth, yes; versatile, yes. But there was an unexpected phenomenon (N.B. this gets pretty technical, so you can skip it and go to the other images below):

Says Bertolozzi:

“At one point I played a solo line using a combination starting at 8′, climbing through all the mutations from 6 2/5′, 5 1/3′, 4 4/7′, elevenths at every octave (that’s sounding an “F” when one plays a “C” key!), right on up through the highest septiemes, nones, and octaves (including 1 1/7′, 8/11′, 4/5′, 8/9, 1/2′ 1/3′, 1/4′ and others!) .

When the melody descended down to the lowest keys, there was a clearly audible resultant of 16′ in the tenor range that increased to a 32′ resultant in the lowest octave. Remember, the lowest pitched stop I had drawn was at 8′!

I drew the combination to hear the “weirdness” of all those mutations and as I played lower, James W. Martin, shop apprentice, pointed out that if I went even lower we’d hear this phenomenon. Thanks to him for suggesting it; it did not disappoint.”


Not that I was aiming for this goal, but I have now played the three largest organs in the world:

#2 – The Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia, in July, 1983

#3 The Cadet Chapel at The US Military Academy, West Point in October, 1982