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Posted: March 23, 2011 6:00 a.m.

Spring Organ Concert

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Performing artists: Tom Alderman and Jim Ingram practice their parts for the First Presbyterian Church Spring Organ Concert to be held on Sunday.

The pipe organ at First Presbyterian Church of Covington will get a workout at 3 p.m. Sunday by four musicians performing in a variety of musical styles in the Spring Organ Concert

The performers are Tom Alderman, organist for Roswell United Methodist Church and principal accompanist for the Michael O’Neal Singers; Jim Ingram, president and CEO of Allen Organ Studios in Augusta; Becky Ramsey, organist for First United Methodist Church of Covington; and Alice Walker, organist for First Presbyterian.

The program will feature performances of "Variations on the Star-Spangled Banner," by John Knowles Paine; "Amazing Grace," by Christopher Pardini; "The Ride of the Valkyries," by Richard Wagner; "Toccata" by Eugene Gigout; "The Swan," by Camille Saint-Saens; "Toccata," by John Rutter; "On Broadway," by Jimmy Boyce; "Praise the Lord with Drums and Cymbals," by Sigfrid Kart-Elert; "The Entertainer," by Scott Joplin; "Marche Militaire," by Franz Schubert; "Fanfare for the Common Man," by Aaron Copland; "Air in D (Suite No. 3)," by J. S. Bach; and "Fanfare from The Meistersinger," by Richard Wagner.

Walker said the concert showcases the new MIDIs on the church’s Wicks organ.

The pipe organ was built by the Wicks Organ Company of Highland, Ill., and installed at the church in 1995. It has 31 ranks, plus recently installed MIDIs (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) which have greatly expanded the tonal capabilities of the instrument. The MIDIs were installed by Ingram last year.

MIDIs allow thousands of additional digital ranks, enhancing the performance of many varied styles of music from theater organ and popular music to traditional church, Gospel and classical.

Walker, organist at First Presbyterian since 2003, said the organ is a great asset for the congregation of the church, as well as a resource for the community. Several notable organists have played the instrument, including John Roark, Alan Morrison, Charles Callahan, Timothy Albrecht, Samuel Metzger, and Dan Miller.

"The new MIDIs are especially suited to express the gigantic tonal requirements of a program of this sort," Walker said. We are looking forward to demonstrating for the congregation and the community the capabilities of our newly expanded organ."

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