Saturday, May 21, 2011

Pedals, Pipes and Pops

Organist Martin Ellis will present a broad spectrum of music, from classical works by Bach to Broadway musical theater favorites during the Pedals, Pipes and Pops Series concert at 2:30 p.m. 5 June in the Hilbert Circle Theatre, 45 Monument Circle, Indianapolis.

This third and final organ concert of the 2010-2011 season will feature Ellis performing familiar tunes such as Dave Dreyer and Al Jolson’s There’s a Rainbow ‘Round My Finger, George Gershwin’s Love is Here to Stay, a medley of favorites from the hit Broadway musical, Wicked, “The Raider’s March” from the film Raiders of the Lost Ark, Irving Berlin’s What’ll I do? and Mama Mia.

The program also will feature familiar works such as Bach’s Gigue Fugue and Denis Bédard’s Andantino, among others, to showcase the versatility of the organ in both classical and pops genres.

Joining Ellis for five selections – Charles Widor’s Six Duos for Piano and Organ, Bédard’s Duet Suite, Louis Gottschalk’s Grand Tarantelle, Richard Purvis’ Suite for Piano and Organ, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue – will be pianist Randall Frieling.

The Pedals, Pipes and Pops series features noted organists playing on the 1931 Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for students.

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