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Organist Rudy de Vos to open 2013-2014 Friends of Music season with free recital at Pasadena Presbyterian Church on Sept. 28

Organist Rudy de Vos will open Pasadena Presbyterian Church’s 2013 Friends of Music concert series with a recital on the church’s magnificent Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the church Sanctuary, 585 E. Colorado Blvd. (corner of Madison Ave.) in the Playhouse District of downtown Pasadena.

As are all programs on the eight-concert series, the recital is free (a freewill offering will be taken). Free parking is available and the Sanctuary is handicap-accessible.

De Vos will play music by Marcel Languetuit, Charles Tournemire, Louis Vierne, Guy Bovet, César Franck, Maurice Ravel, Edwin Lemare, Joseph Bonnet and Maurice Duruflé.

A native of South Africa (and the son of a Dutch Reformed Pastor), de Vos has been organist and director of music at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland since 2009. A laureate of the prestigious St. Albans International Organ Competition, he has appeared with the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, Artium Symphony, Natal Symphony and the Eastman School Symphony.

“Rudy de Vos is one of the most exciting young artists in the U.S.,” says Dr. Timothy Howard, Organist and Director of Music at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. “We’re thrilled to have him opening our Friends of Music concert season.”


With more than 6,000 pipes arranged in 111 ranks (or “sets”), PPC’s pipe organ is among the largest and most important organs built by the Æolian-Skinner Organ Company, Inc. of Boston, Mass., one of the most significant organ-building companies of the 20th century. It plays a major leadership role in the church’s Sunday morning worship and is used extensively for teaching.

The organ will be featured this season on two other recitals that are part of the Friends of Music concert series: Meaghan King on Feb. 26 (LINK) and Timothy Howard on May 11 (LINK). It is also played occasionally on the church’s Music at Noon concert series. Earlier this year, PPC hosted the final concert of the inaugural Pipe Organs Inspire concert series.

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September 25, 2013

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