New York artist to perform in Hurricane

Christopher Houlihan will present a classical concert on Forrest Burdette United Methodist Church's Harrah Symphonic Organ at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 18.
The Putnam Herald

Friday, September 2, 2011

HURRICANE -- Timeless music will be performed by a bright, rising star at the next PipeSounds concert at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church.

Christopher Houlihan, a member of the new generation of American organists, will present a classical concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18. Forrest Burdette, home to a Harrah Symphonic Pipe Organ, is located at 2848 Putnam Ave., in Hurricane.

According to a press release from the church, Houlihan received prestigious awards and served as assistant musician at the American Cathedral in Paris during a year of study in France. He played the organ and directed two choirs on a Sunday when the former President and First Lady Bush were in attendance.

Houlihan earned a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., where he received several awards while serving as an organ scholar at the Cathedral of St. Joseph and Christ Church Cathedral, both in Hartford.

At age 15, Houlihan won first prize in the Albert Schweitzer National Organ Competition. He has received a master’s degree from the Juilliard School in New York City, where he received a fellowship, two scholarships and the Chairman’s Grant, awarded to “support a small number of students who have demonstrated exceptional potential for success at Juilliard.”

Admission to the Sept. 18 concert is $10 for adults and $5 for students; children younger than 5 are free.

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