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Nationally known organist to perform July 21 at Johnson Memorial U.M.C.

Jul. 20, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Nationally known organist Jay Brooks will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 21, as part of the Music At Johnson Memorial series at Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church, the intersection of 5th Avenue at 10th Street in downtown Huntington.

Brooks is the son Rev. Ron and Edna Brooks of Huntington and graduated from the Conservatory of Music at Cincinnati University while his father was pastor of First United Methodist Church in downtown Huntington. Brooks is director of music and organist at First United Methodist Church, Coral Gables, Fla.

Brooks is a winner of national and regional competitions. Brooks also serves as artist-in-residence for Central Music Inc., representing the Rodgers Organ Company and the Ruffatti Pipe Organ Company of Padua, Italy.

The program is free though a free-will offering. A reception following the concert will offer the public the opportunity to have conversation with Brooks.

The 42-rank M. P. Moller organ of Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church was built in 1937 with great, swell, choir, and pedal divisions. Peebles-Herzog was selected to rebuild the organ and to supply a new 3-manual Schantz console installed in 1985. Another major refurbishment took place during the summer of 2012 to produce the instrument in its present grand state.