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Appell Center and Susquehanna Valley Theatre Organ Society Proudly Present Three Organ Concerts

Feb 4, 2019

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YORK, PA – February 4, 2019 – The Appell Center for the Performing Arts is excited to announce that it is partnering with the Susquehanna Valley Theatre Organ Society to bring a series of three incredible organ concerts to Downtown York’s Capitol Theatre in Spring 2019. Each concert will showcase the work of a different talented organist. The Susquehanna Valley Theatre Organ Society has partnered with the Appell Center for many years to present silent film presentations as well as pre-film performances for Capitol Theatre audiences. The Spring 2019 concerts will mark the first official organ concert series hosted at the recently renovated Capitol Theatre.


All organ concert tickets are $15 per person. Tickets can be purchased in person at our Box Office at 50 N. George Street the day of the performances or in advance either online at AppellCenter.org or by calling the Appell Center’s Box Office at 717-846-1111.


SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY THEATRE ORGAN CONCERT 2019 SCHEDULE

KEN DOUBLE

Sunday, March 3 | 3:00 PM


PIERRE FRACALANZA

Sunday, April 7 | 3:00 PM


DONNIE RANKIN

Sunday, June 9 | 3:00 PM


KEN DOUBLE

A former radio and television sportscaster who started taking organ lessons as an 8-year-old in Chicago, Ken Double has enjoyed a second career focused on his love of the music of the theatre pipe organ. Ken has performed concerts on the great theatre pipe organs around the world. Ken Double performed his first concert in 1978; has 20 recordings to his credit; will embark on his 8th tour of Australia; and today is one of the organists at the famed Atlanta Fox Theatre playing “Mighty Mo,’ the great Moller theatre organ heard there since 1929. His theatre organ credits also include performing the role of Master of Ceremonies for more than 20 American Theater Organ Society annual and regional conventions. Known for bringing wit and humor along with his lyrical arrangements, Ken is thrilled to be performing again in York, PA.


PIERRE FRACALANZA

Pierre Fracalanza has been a pianist and organist since the tender age of three. First studying under his Father, Pierre was playing in churches by age eight and a Church Director of Music by age sixteen. Pierre attended the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York where he concentrated on vocal studies. Among his notable accomplishments were opening for Carol Channing at the Macomb Center for Performing Arts. He also played for a National Governor’s Conference in Traverse City, Michigan and privately entertained for the late Senator Ted Kennedy and then First Lady, Hillary Clinton.Pierre began playing Theatre Organ and Theatre Organ Pizza and Pipes in Pontiac, Michigan in his twenties. Pierre has concertized in several states and been asked to perform in two ATOS National Conventions.


Pierre is Organist/Music Director for a 3000-family Catholic Parish in Suburban Detroit - St. James in Novi, Michigan. With adept skills at many types of keyboards and an avid interest in computers and video, Pierre combines technology with his music to create events that are both stimulating to the eye and the ear.Pierre Fracalanza will be presenting an extended version of his “Cole, Cole, Cole” concert in his April concert. Featuring a wide variety of music from composer Cole Porter, Buddy Cole (Hollywood Organist and Pianist who was Bing Crosby’s Personal Accompanist) and the legendary Nat King Cole, Pierre will blend multimedia with his keyboard artistry to create an unforgettable concert experience. Pierre performed “Cole, Cole, Cole” for the Annual Convention of the American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS) in July of 2018. The program was critically acclaimed for its ingenuity and variety.


DONNIE RANKIN

Donnie Rankin first took an interest in the theatre organ at the tender age of three when he first heard the sounds of the Mighty Wurlitzer at the Civic Theatre in Akron, Ohio. Following that initial introduction to the King of Instruments, he frequently played on his great-grandfather’s home organ. In 2000 Donnie acquired an instrument and began taking formal lessons. Classical piano training followed in 2005, and his budding talent quickly blossomed into first rate musicianship. Since then, Donnie has won several organ competitions and awards, including being named the Overall Winner of the American Theatre Organ Society’s Young Theatre Organist Competition in 2007. Donnie began studying with noted organist Jelani Eddington in September 2007. Since that time, Donnie has performed for theatre organ audiences around the world. He resides in Ravenna, Ohio, and is a staff organist at the Civic Theatre in nearby Akron – the very same organ Donnie first heard when he was three years old.