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Award winning American theatre organist Jelani Eddington, will be appearing Thursday 14th June 2012, in concert at Keyberry Park Methodist Church, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 1BX. Mark Ireland is hosting what promises to be a very special evening of first class music played on his fabulous four manual Allen Digital Wurlitzer Theatre Organ (the George Wright Series GW4).
Tickets are available from Mark on 01761 439934 or 07906 431918. They are priced at £10 and to date around half the tickets have been sold. There may be some availablility on the door however anyone travelling a long distance are advised to check before they do.
This is sure to be an evening to remember, Jelani is the first overseas artist to play at Keyberry Park and we are looking forward to enjoying his music. The following is an extract from his impressive biography:
At the age of 13, Jelani won the American Theatre Organ Society’s Young Theatre Organist Competition, prevailing over competitors ages 13-21 from the United States, England, Australia, and New Zealand. Jelani remains the youngest competitor ever to win this title. Jelani went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Indiana University in 1996, and later received a Juris Doctor degree from the Yale Law School in 1999, after which time he was admitted to practice law in New York State.
During the course of his concert career, Jelani has been featured at numerous national and regional conventions of the American Theatre Organ Society, and has toured extensively throughout the world, including numerous concert appearances in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. He has also accompanied numerous silent films and appears regularly at film series. In 2007, Jelani accompanied the classic film, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, for an international organ festival in Finland on the country’s largest pipe organ.
In addition to his work as an organist, Jelani has also distinguished himself as a concert pianist, appearing recently as a guest pianist for performances of Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A-Minor, George Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue, and Leroy Anderson’s Piano Concerto in C-Major. In February 2008, Jelani was invited to perform two special performances of Anderson’s concerto with the Tulsa Signature Symphony as part of a celebration of Leroy Anderson’s centennial.
Jelani has also produced and marketed over 30 theatre organ albums on some of the best-known and most dynamic instruments in the country. In August 2001, the American Theatre Organ Society honored Jelani’s extensive career as a concert and recording organist by naming him the 2001 Theatre Organist Of The Year. Jelani retains the distinction of being the youngest-ever recipient of this prestigious honor.
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