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Houlihan returns to Pipesounds

Aug. 30, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HURRICANE -- Pipesounds presents Christopher Houlihan in a concert of classical favorites on the Harrah Symphonic Organ at Forrest Burdette United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22.

The cost is $10; $5 students; children younger than 5, free. The church is located at 2848 Putnam Ave., Hurricane.

This is the 10th anniversary of the church's acquisition of the organ.

Houlihan has been described as "gifted" by the New York Times, "dazzling" by the Wall Street Journal, and "one of the brightest stars in the new generation of American organists," by the Cincinnati Enquirer.

He made his orchestral debut with the Hartford Symphony and recorded his first two CDs while still in college, prompting classmates to form the "Houli Fans," a fan base that continues to grow on Facebook, according to his Website.

His "Vierne2012" tour attracted international attention and critical acclaim for performing the six organ symphonies of Louis Vierne in marathon concerts in six major North American cities.

He has been a featured performer at four conventions of the American Guild of Organists and has performed professionally in 33 states as well as in Canada, France and Scotland. He is one of the very few organists in the world who earns his entire living from performing.

Houlihan is a graduate of Trinity College in Connecticut, where he studied with John Rose, his organ teacher from the age of 12. He earned his master's degree at The Juilliard School in New York where he studied with the Grammy Award winning organist Paul Jacobs.

He earned the "Prix de Perfectionnement" (equivalent to a university artist's diploma in the US) from the French National Regional Conservatory in Versailles, and while in France served as assistant musician at the American Cathedral in Paris where he had the honor of performing for the then President and First Lady of the United States, Mr. And Mrs. George W. Bush.

For more information about Houlihan's upcoming concert, or the 2013-2014 Pipesounds season, visit www.pipesounds.org.