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Organist Walt Strony Preforming Special Concert Friday at the Hatfield Hall Theater
March 14, 2012
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Hatfield Hall Theater will
be hosting one of America's premier concert organists, Walt Strony,
for a special concert on Friday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youths and non-RHIT
This concert, sponsored by the Alfred R. Schmidt Artistic Fund,
will feature a mix of classic and theater selections on Hatfield
Hall's Allen organ.
Hall of Fame Organist: Walt Strony, a two-time American
Theatre Organ Society Organist of the Year, will present a special
concert Friday night on the Allen organ at Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology's Hatfield Hall Theaer.
Strony has established himself as one of those few organists
equally at home playing both theater and classical organs. He
has performed hundreds of concerts worldwide, including many
conventions of the American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS) and the
American Guild of Organists. He is the only active organist
to receive ATOS's Organist of the Year Award, earning the
distinction twice, and was recently inducted into the
organization's Hall of Fame.
As one reviewer has noted: "Strony has become one of the rare
breed of today's younger theatre organists to have developed a
style uniquely his own. While looking backwards, respectfully
to the masters of the theatre organ tradition, he manages to look
forward with a refreshing approach in all his musical
arrangements. It is a style that is inventive, harmonically
interesting and, above all, right for today."
In 2007, Strony performed the first solo organ recital in many
years at New York's Radio City Music Hall and now performs
regularly with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony
Orchestra, Allentown (Pa.) Symphony, El Paso (Texas) Symphony and
Symphony Silicon Valley (Calif). He lives in Las Vegas, where
he serves as Artist-in-Residence at the First Christian
Church. He is also well known for his many fine
recordings. Learn more about this organist at www.waltstrony.com.
Schmidt, an accomplished musician, served as a mathematics
professor at Rose-Hulman for 46 years. He accompanied the
Rose Glee Club for several years and played the organ at all
commencements from 1959 until his retirement in 1995. He
provided generous support for organs and pianos in Rose-Hulman's
Hatfield Hall and White Chapel.
For tickets, contact the Hatfield Hall ticket office at
812-877-8544 or visit from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday.