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Pipesounds presents ‘Christmas Spectacular’

Nov. 25, 2012 @ 06:50 PM

HURRICANE — Santa Claus is coming to town...or at least, a man in a Santa hat is bringing the sounds of the season to Hurricane.

Rodney L. Barbour, a native of Huntington and an accomplished musician, will perform “Christmas Spectacular,” the next concert in the Pipesounds series, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, at Forrest Burdette United Methodist Church, 2848 Putnam Ave., Hurricane. He will perform a Christmas-theme concert on the church’s historic Harrah Symphonic Organ. The concert is sponsored by Putnam County Bank.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for children younger than 5. Tickets are available at Hurricane Floral, 2757 Main St., Hurricane.

Barbour has a bachelor of arts degree in music education and organ performance from Marshall University and the master of music degree in organ performance from the University of Cincinnati. Additional studies include: the completion of all doctoral course work and recitals for the organ performance degree from the University of Cincinnati; studies in worship, organ performance and children’s music at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; and study at the Creative Education Foundation at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Barbour’s performance career has taken many directions, according to a news release from the church. From early performances in dance bands, the Holiday on Ice Orchestra and the Ringling Brothers-Barnum and Bailey Circus Band, he developed as a featured entertainer for 10 years on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ (4 manual, 33 rank) at the Springdale Music Palace in Cincinnati. He was the official organist of the Cincinnati Reds at Riverfront Stadium from 1987-1998. he has also directed adult and children’s vocal choirs, handbells and instrumental ensembles, written liturgy for worship to performing solo organ concerts, hymn festivals and accompanied choral and oratorio performances.

Barbour has also had a host of other professional music positions around the country. He has presented solo concerts, workshops and hymn festivals in 42 states, all provinces of Canada, Puerto Rico, and England. He was a presenter at both the 2000 and 2004 National Conventions of the American Guild of Organists on the topic of “MIDI and Orchestral Use of the Organ in Worship.”

He has several publications, the latest being: “Wedding Processionals and Recessionals, a collection of music orchestrated for Organ and Orchestral MIDI Sounds,” accompanied by a performance CD published by Concordia. He is featured on nine CD recordings available from the performer.

Barbour currently serves as Director of Worship and Arts at Crestview Presbyterian Church, West Chester, Ohio.

For more information about the Dec. 3 concert in Hurricane, call 304-562-5903 or visit www.pipesounds.org.