Disney organist to provide PipeSounds concerts in Teays Valley

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Rob Roberts will perform on the Harrah Symphonic Organ at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church in Hurricane on Sunday, April 15. Courtesy photo
The Putnam Review
April 11, 2018

Staff Reports

Rob Richards, the house organist at Disney's historic El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, has gained worldwide acclaim as a concert and recording artist for more than three decades.

Richards will display his musical skills on the Harrah Symphonic Organ during a PipeSounds concert entitled "Hollywood Magic!" The concert will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church, 2848 Putnam Ave. in Hurricane.

Admission to the concert is $10 per person, with students and children admitted free.

The PipeSounds concert will mark Richards' third time playing on the world-class Harrah Symphonic Organ for audiences at the Hurricane church.

Sponsors Putnam County Bank and the United Methodist Women of Forrest Burdette will host a reception following the concert.

Richards is also slated to perform at 1 p.m. Friday, April 13, for Conner Street Elementary School students, who will walk to the church from the school for the organ concert.

Richards has performed more than 4,000 times at the El Capitan since 1999, playing the Wurlitzer pipe organ installed originally in San Francisco's Fox Theatre.

Richards was named the 2005 Organist of the Year by the American Theatre Organ Society, which concided with his 30th year of concert performances and the ATOS' 50th anniversary.

The show business publication Variety wrote that Richards' performance on the El Capitan Wurlitzer is "a special treat." Academy Award-winning songwriters for Disney films such as "Mary Poppins" Richard and Robert Sherman said Richards is a "supercalifragilistic talent," while film critic Leonard Maltin said Richards plays with "musical flair ... skill and showmanship."

For additional information or directions to Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church, visit www.pipesounds.org or call the church office at 304-562-5903.

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