Red, White & Blue, an American Music Tribute
at the Frauenthal Center, downtown Muskegon
Sunday, June 25
Hear the amazing sounds of the Frauenthal’s Mighty Barton Theater Pipe Organ, featuring Dave Wickerham, in “Red White & Blue, An American Music Tribute”. This special concert will showcase popular music from the American Songbook. Featuring hit tunes by composers such as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter as well as a few patriotic and ragtime selections added in the mix.
This concert is made possible by the Barton Theater Organ Fund of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County.
Originally from the silent movie era the Barton organ can produce sounds from 25 musical instruments as well as train whistles, car horns and birds chirping! This concert celebrates a variety of genres of American Music- and will be a delight for the entire family.
Organist, Dave Wickerham began playing the electronic organ at the age of four and had his first pipe organ experience at age 10. His musical education started at age seven and ultimately attended the University of Arizona in Tucson on a full scholarship, pursuing classical organ studies.
Dave became Staff Organist at Pipes and Pizza in Lansing, Illinois. And later became a featured Staff Organist at the Piper Music Palace in Greenfield, WI, a position he held for 10 years.
Currently Wickerham live in Upper Michigan where he is the Co-Manager and Organist in Residence at Crystal Theatre in Crystal Falls.
He has performed for many audiences including various chapters of the American Theatre Organ Society. In 1999, he was a featured artist in Melbourne, Australia for the convention of the Theatre Organ Society of Australia for which he received rave reviews. He has toured several times in Australia and New Zealand.
In 2011, Dave was honored with the “Organist of the Year” award by American Theatre Organ Society.
Advanced tickets for Red, White, Blue an American Music Tribute are $10 and are $12 the day of the concert. They may be purchased at the Frauenthal Box office downtown 231.722.9750, online at http://www.frauenthal.org/ or http://www.startickets.com/