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Mercer University Organist on International Radio Broadcast: Pipedreams

April 20, 2010

Media Contact:
Billie Rampley
(478) 301-2933

MACON – Pipedreams, a syndicated show carried on National Public Radio stations across the country, will air Mercer University Organist Robert Parris’ performance of Leo Sowerby's "Concerto for Organ and Orchestra" at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The recording will air during the week of April 19 and is the first time it will be broadcast since the 2004 performance at the National Convention for the American Guild of Organists.

Only four people have ever performed this challenging piece. Parris performed the concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the Walt Disney Concert Hall, one of the finest performance halls in the nation. It was the inaugural performance on the hall's Manuel Rosales-designed pipe organ.

The spectacular piece consists of three movements, all of which require and make extensive use of a full orchestra.  Parris, who performed the piece in 1996, is the only person still living to have publicly performed it with an orchestra.

The performance can also be heard by visiting
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