Jonathan Rudy to Perform at St. Mary’s Cathedral

by Martin Dicke on February 26, 2015

Jonathan Rudy

Jonathan Rudy

Jonathan Rudy, most recent winner of the American Guild of Organists’ National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP) will perform at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 607 NE Madison Ave., Peoria, Illinois on Sunday, March 8 at 3:30 p.m. Entitled “World of Pipes:King of Instruments,” this innovative program will feature a variety of works from many different eras gathered together by these thoughts from the artist:

The Organ―grandest instrument the hand
Of man has placed in Music’s galaxy;
In which all Nature’s wondrous sounds are linked
In golden chains of countless harmonies.
Responsive to the touch of man’s weak hands
As if a giant’s fingers swept its keys
And called concordant voices from the depths,
The diapason of the storm-struck sea,
The thunder’s peal, the wind’s wild whistling wail,
The songs of swift-winged warblers in the air,
And the soft sighing of the ambient breeze
Temple of Tone art thou! The shrine supreme
Of Sound’s mysterious powers and richest gifts,
God-given thought alone could have inspired
The human mind to frame so grand a work;
Great Organ―Monarch of all Instruments!

—George Ashdown Audsle

Words such as “strength” and “magnitude” often accompany descriptions of the pipe organ.  Yet the true beauty of this glorious instrument is its flexibility and variety; for as Audsle’s poem suggests, it can articulate every tone and picture that human thought could possibly imagine.  Today’s program will capture just a few of these “worlds” – distinct realms of sound and color – and will demonstrate just how diverse, and divine, organ music can be.

Jonathan D. Rudy

Works on the program will include the Grand Dialogue in C Major by Louis Marchand (1669-1732), the Prelude and Fugue in A minor by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), selections from Four Biblical Dances by Peter Eben (1929-2007), Fantasie No. 2 in D-Flat Major Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921), as well as works by Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643), American composer Pamela Decker (b. 1955), and French organist and composer Jean Guillou (b. 1930). Admission is $12 for Adults and $10 for Senior Citizens. Students and children are free.

For more information on Jonathan, please visit

Cathedral of St. Mary
607 NE Madison Ave. • Peoria, IL 61603 • (309) 682-5823
Admission: $12 Adults / $10 Senior Citizens / Children and Students free

New Recording by Peoria AGO Member

by Martin Dicke on February 26, 2015

Cover ArtRachel Keehner, one of the Peoria AGO’s youngest members and also one of our Board Members, has just released a recording entitled “Savior of the Nations: Music for the King of Instruments.” It was recorded on the 1983 Schlicker organ at Trinity Lutheran Church, Peoria, and in conjunction with the Trinity Music Ministry. It features music by Bach, Buxtehude, Mendelssohn, Reger, and Alain among others. A list of the works on the recording and samples of each track are available by visiting

To order this CD, click here or call the Trinity Music Ministry at (309) 676-4609 (x207). It is also may be downloaded from iTunes and other digital music suppliers or from by visiting Note that the digital version does not include the Alain for copyright reasons.

A previous recording by Jonathan Wessler entitled “Praise Him With Pipes…” is also available from the Trinity Music Ministry. Both Jonathan and Rachel grew up as members of Trinity and began their pipe organ studies on this instrument.

Benefit Concert at FUMC on Sunday, February 8, 2015

by Martin Dicke on February 4, 2015

FUMC PeoriaOn Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church in Peoria will present an organ concert featuring four organists. It will be a treat for all and will benefit a great cause! We will be hosting a concert for The Geoff Keller Chapter Group of the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States  to raise money and build awareness about Malignant Hyperthermia (MHAUS). Geoff was the son of Rev. Curt Keller, Pastor of Forrest Hill United Methodist Church and passed away of the disease in September, 2012 at the age of 26. Dr. John Orfe, Joshua Marck, Walter Stout and Sherry Seckler will perform music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Marcel Dupré, Percy Whitlock, and others. A free-will offering will be collected to benefit MHAUS.

First United Methodist is located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in downtown Peoria. For directions and/or further details, please call (309) 673-3641 or visit