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World-class organist to perform at Coshocton Presbyterian Church

Published: May 3, 2017 12:00 AM
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On Sunday, May 7, at 3:00 p.m. organist Dr. Bradley Hunter Welch will perform a double-header concert at the Coshocton Presbyterian Church on their Taylor and Boody Tracker organ in the church sanctuary and on the Bunn-Minnick pipe organ in the church's chapel. The concert is free to attend and is open to all. It is made possible through the generosity of the Joe R. Engle Recital Fund and is held in conjunction with the Coshocton Dogwood Festival of the Arts.

"We are thrilled to have Dr. Welch back to Coshocton to perform for the third time," said Alice Hoover, organist at the Coshocton Presbyterian Church. "At this concert, he will play the music of J. S. Bach on the sanctuary organ, which is a similar instrument that Bach would have played. On the chapel organ, he will play the music of Gigout, Drischner, and Guilmant."

"Each time Dr. Welch returns, we find his easy-going commentary and his outstanding musicianship ever more engaging," said Charles R. Snyder, Director of Music at the Coshocton Presbyterian Church. "He has played outstanding instruments all over the United States and Europe, has won numerous awards, and has earned several degrees. We are most fortunate to have an artist of his caliber visit our town and he, too, seems to have a special place in his heart for us. We also invite visitors to attend the Sunday, May 7, 10:30 a.m. worship service at the Presbyterian Church where Dr. Welch will be a guest organist. That will also be Youth Sunday."

Bradley Hunter Welch is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts, Master of Musical Arts, Master of Music degrees, and the Artist Diploma from Yale University as well as Bachelor of Music degree magna cum laude from Baylor University.

He has been hailed as a 'Well-seasoned musician', a 'World-class virtuoso,' and as 'an expert at defining darks, lights, shadows and colors.' He is increasingly in demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and collaborative artist. He has won several international organ competitions and has performed at three regional conventions for the American Guild of Organists. He served as director of music and arts at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Currently, he is an artist-in-residence at Christ Church in Plano, Texas, while pursuing a thriving career as a concert artist and recording artist.

Kara Kirkendoll Welch, Dr. Welch's wife, is a flutist in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and adjunct professor of flute at Southern Methodist University. They are the devoted parents of Ethan Hunter Welch and Avery Christine Welch.

For more information about the Dr. Bradley Hunter Welch organ concert on Sunday, May 7, at 3:00 p.m., contact the church office at (740) 622-0486. The concert is free and open to the public. The church is also handicapped accessible. The Coshocton Presbyterian Church is located at 142 N. Fourth Street, the corner of Fourth and Chestnut Streets in Coshocton and free parking is available.


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