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Internationally-acclaimed 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 do."

Trinity's 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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