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2008-07-22 06:00:32

By Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 22--By the time he was a junior at St. Louis University High School, Zach Hemenway knew what he wanted to do with his life. "I loved playing the organ, I loved choral music," he said. "And I loved the idea of doing that as a full-time job." Now 24, with a master's degree in organ performance from Yale University, Hemenway is ready to begin a prestigious full-time job. In the fall, Hemenway, of Sunset Hills, will become director of...

2008-07-05 00:00:23

The July 23 Summer Organ Concert Recital series at Sinsinawa Mound will feature Kirstin Synnestvedt of Chicago on the Casavant pipe organ in Queen of the Rosary Chapel at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. Synnestvedt studied music and dance in Philadelphia as a child and went on to study at the Juilliard School in New York City. She also studied for four summers at Tanglewood in Massachusetts. Synnestvedt has performed from coast to coast as well as in England. She...

2008-07-05 00:00:23

By Liz Perkins Patients are throwing their support behind a life-saving plan to shake-up the Welsh organ donor system. New Assembly research shows half of people back a presumed consent system, where people would have to opt out if they did not want to donate their organs. More than 150 Welsh patients have died before a donor could be found in the past five years, and the Assembly's health and well- being committee is looking at whether a change to the system would make a difference by...

2008-07-02 15:00:21

LINCOLNVILLE - The United Christian Church, United Church of Christ, will raffle off the work of a Hope artist this weekend to raise funds to buy a new organ. Tickets for the raffle of the work of Elizabeth O'Haverty will be sold at the 14th annual Strawberry Festival to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church on Searsmont Road in Lincolnville Center. The Church Organ Legacy Fund Committee has raised $39,000 since December toward the $45,000 cost of a new heritage-quality organ. The...

2008-06-27 09:02:46

NEW YORK _ "OK, how about 'Living on a Prayer'?" the young man asked his friend as they sat down at the beat-up organ to play a duet. The sounds that filled the cavernous hall in lower Manhattan bore precisely zero resemblance to the Bon Jovi rock anthem. That was not because the two men didn't appear to know the music. It was because every time they pressed a key, a whistling or pinging or knocking or low wheezing sound issued forth from a different part of the space. They weren't...

2008-06-26 09:03:11

By Suzanne Moore, The Press-Republican, Plattsburgh, N.Y. Jun. 26--ESSEX -- At one end of the continuum are performers such as word-class organists Frederick Hohman and Carol Williams. At the other, said Essex Community Concerts board member Jim Van Hoven, "are local people who are good at what they do." All are met with enthusiasm in the small historic community of Essex, where the gift of a Dutch pipe organ supplied the downbeat for an 18-year musical tradition sustained by a...

2008-06-14 18:00:00

Before the young J.S. Bach became a legendary composer and organist, he once walked 200 miles to hear a concert by a famous older musician, Dietrich Buxtehude. Three centuries later, Buxtehude doesn't demand that level of commitment. But he still gives David Anderson's legs a workout. David, 18, is running through one of his favorite pieces -- Buxtehude's Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne -- on the organ at Sardis Presbyterian Church. At first, his size 15 feet have all the action, dashing off...

2007-02-26 21:00:39

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Chicago Piano Superstore has opened a new 21,000 sq. ft. showroom in Downers Grove, IL. On March 2, 3, and 4, 2007, guests and performers will be on hand for the various Grand Opening events. Henry Z. Steinway, 91, will join Roger Williams in hosting guests from 6 PM to 7:30 PM on Friday, March 2, 2007. Also on Friday will be performances by Roger Williams and the recent winners of the Steinway Piano Competition and other special guests...

2006-10-26 15:01:01

NEWTON, Mass., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has honored New England Organ Bank as one of the nation's best performing Organ Procurement Organizations (OPO). The Distinguished Performance Award was presented to New England Organ Bank for its success in achieving high levels of performance over an extended period of time and for demonstrating outstanding practice in multiple aspects of the life saving work of organ donation and transplantation. New...

2006-08-31 09:53:17

LONDON (Reuters) - Families will lose the right to block their relatives' wish to donate their organs under reforms, which come into force on Friday. Currently families can stop doctors from taking their loved ones' organs even if they carried a donor card. About one in 10 planned donations is blocked at present. "There is a critical shortage of donated organs," said Chris Rudge, Managing Director of UK Transplant, the NHS department that runs Britain's organ donation system. "The...


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