Gospel Theatre Organ

Date: Sunday, March 30, 2014
Time: 3 p.m.
Phone: (517) 394-9881
Web:   lto-pops.org
Gospel music, featuring Organist Steve Schlesing along with the Celebration Choir from The Lutheran Church of the Master in Troy, is next in the Riverside Pops concert series at the Grand Ledge Opera House at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30. Riverside Pops features the Barton Theatre Pipe organ and is presented by Lansing Theatre Organ. The Grand Ledge Opera House is located at 121 S. Bridge St. (M-100). Schlesing will be returning for his seventh performance at the console of the Barton Theatre Organ, which is a unique feature of the historic Grand Ledge Opera House. He is music director and organist at Lutheran Church of the Master and holds a degree in Church Music from Wayne State University. A basically unwritten chapter in the history of the theatre organ is that of the gospel organ with music that successfully bridged classical with popular music. Schlesing's performance will feature music by gospel arrangers and composers Paul Mickelson and Harold DeCou along with many by Schlesing himself. rnrnThe Barton organ was originally installed in Lansing's Michigan Theatre, which was converted to an office building in the early 1980s. It was installed in the Grand Ledge Opera House by LTO members. The organ has been expanded with additional ranks of pipes to add musical variety.rnTickets are $15 at the door and $12 in advance from LTO or Grand Ledge Opera House office. Visit www.lto-pops.org or call 517-394-9881.