PipeSounds celebrates eleventh season

The Putnam Herald

Friday, September 26, 2014

HURRICANE -- PipeSounds, dedicated to bringing exceptional music to the community, begins the llth season of organ concerts with a performance by Jonas Nordwall at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12.

Nordwall, internationally renowned virtuoso organist, is skilled in both traditional classical and modern/popular schools of musical performance, according to a news release from Pipe-Sounds. He has performed in North America, Japan, Europe and China and has made eight concert tours in Australia, performing a public recital on the famous concert organ in Sydney's Town Hall to an audience of more than 2,000.

Nordwall is a native of Portland, Oregon, where he began his first musical studies at age 4 on the accordion. At age 10, he expanded his musical education to piano and organ with several renowned instructors.

Appointed in 1971, Nordwall is the organist for Portland's First United Methodist Church and assumed the director of music position in 1990. He has played for United Methodist Church General Conferences as well as regional conventions for the American Guild of Organists. He has performed on the custom designed Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organs in lavish restaurant settings in both Portland and Denver, Colorado.

In addition to his performing career, Nordwall has been a major influence in the latter 20th century design and manufacturing of both pipe and electronic organs. He is presently an artist for the Allen Organ Company.

This will be his first performance on the world-class Harrah Symphonic Organ at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church, 2848 Putnam Ave. in Hurricane.

Admission is $10 for adults. Students and children are free. There will be a reception following the concert.

For more information or directions to the church, check on the web site, www.pipe-sounds.org

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