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Scott Foppiano to perform 'Ben Hur' in next Pipesounds concert

Jan. 11, 2013 @ 10:24 AM

HURRICANE — The epic silent film classic “Ben Hur” will leap to life on Feb. 8 when the 2012-13 Pipesounds Concert Series welcomes Scott Foppiano.

Foppiano will perform the soundtrack from the Ramon Novarro/Francis X. Bushman film on the Harrah Symphonic Organ at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church.

Foppiano grew up in Memphis, Tenn., where he studied piano with Evelyn Maschmeyer and organ with John Hooker and Jim Brinson and started playing at the church of St. Paul the Apostle. In addition to his private musical study, he also began playing the Mighty Wurlitzer organ at Memphis’ Orpheum Theatre while attending Christian Brothers High School.

Foppiano entered the NC School of the Arts as a scholarship student of John and Margaret Mueller and his formal studies also brought him under the tutelage of Donna Robertson and Robert Glasgow. He holds both bachelors and masters of music degrees in organ performance as well as the Service Playing and Colleague certifications of the American Guild of Organists. He continued private study with the late William Whitehead and also with Thomas Hazelton.

He is the Organist-Choirmaster and Coordinator of Liturgy at St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church in Fishers, Indiana.

The Feb. 8 concert will begin at 7 p.m. at Forrest Burdette, 2848 Putnam Ave., Hurricane. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for children younger than 5. Tickets are available at the church office, or at Hurricane Floral, 2757 Main St., Hurricane.

For more information, call 304-562-5903 or visit www.pipesounds.org.

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