ABOVE: Pipes from the Harrah Symphonic Organ rise high above the pulpit at the Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church in Hurricane. INSET: Jonathan Rudy will perform "An Afternoon with the Classics" on Sept. 20to open the PipeSounds concert series at Forrest Burdette Memorial UMC.
PipeSounds begins its 12th concert season

The Putnam Herald

September 11, 2015

HURRICANE - The season of autumn ushers in a beautiful noise in Teays Valley. It marks the beginning of another series of PipeSounds concerts on the historic Harrah Symphonic Organ at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church.

 Award-winning organist Jonathan Rudy will perform the first concert of the new season at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at the church, 2848 Putnam Ave. in Hurricane. Admission to "An Afternoon with the Classics" costs $10 for adults; $5 for students and children 5 and younger are free.

The Harrah Symphonic Organ at Forrest Burdette Memorial UMC was dedicated in September 2013. Since that time, PipeSounds, an organization to promote four or five concerts each year, with a variety of musical venue, has worked to bring "organists of renown" to Hurricane. Music has varied from classical to "Pops," holiday celebrations and silent movie presentations.

Rudy, winner of First Prize and Audience Prize at the 2014 American Guild of Organists, National Young Artists competition in Organ Performance has been invited to share his exceptional talent in the classical venue.

He is recognized by colleagues and audiences for his excellence as a performer, church musician, improviser, educator and conductor, according to a news release from the church. "He is proud to follow a sacred music vocation," the release stated.

A native of Batavia, Illinois, Rudy's recent concert appearances have included recitals, competitions, and dedicatory/commemorative events.

Rudy is pursuing his doctorate degree in Organ and Sacred Music at Indiana University. He regularly leads choral and instrumental ensembles.

He serves as the organist of Central Presbyterian Church in Terre Haute, Indiana, and is an associate instructor of music theory and aural skills at Indiana University.

 Rudy's Sept. 20 concert will also be part of the continuing celebration of Forrest Burdette Memorial UMC's 100th anniversary.

For more information or directions, visit www.pipesounds.org or call the church office, 304-562-5903.


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