"FIRST LADY OF THE ORGAN"
DAZZLES IN CONCERT
organist Diane Bish, known as the "First Lady of the Organ," captivated
an audience of nearly 500 people in the Ozinga Chapel during a 90-minute
concert Thursday evening, June 17.
From the moment she took
her seat at the Norman and Hilda Ozinga Memorial Organ, Bish demonstrated
the extraordinary musical talent that has garnered worldwide adulation.
She played classical pieces, hymns, and symphony arrangements heard frequently
on her television series, The Joy of Music.
"The concert was absolutely
superb," said Marilyn Mulder, instructor of organ at Trinity. "Diane played
her very best, and our pipe organ never sounded better. I think she got
the audience excited about that instrument. She did what I hoped she would
organ was built by James Lauck Pipe Organ Company in Otsego, Michigan.
It consists of three manuals, 46 ranks, and 37 registers, and drew high
praise from Bish after she finished playing.
"She said it was one of the
best organs she's ever played," Mulder reported. "That's quite a compliment
from a musician who has played instruments all over the world. I look forward
to her returning; it's an honor for the College to have someone of her
caliber come to our campus."
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