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Dr. Cleveland returns to Coshocton for concert

| May 1, 2014

COSHOCTON — On Sunday, May 4, organist Dr. Douglas Cleveland will perform at the Coshocton Presbyterian Church. The organ recital begins at 3 p.m. and is free to attend. The concert is part of the Coshocton Dogwood Festival, a week-long community celebration of visual and performing arts.

This will be Dr. Cleveland’s fourth visit to the Presbyterian Church in Coshocton. He played in 1996 and 2007 with concerts on the Taylor and Boody tracker-action sanctuary organ given to the Presbyterian Church by Mr. Joe Engle as a memorial gift. Cleveland played a concert on the Bunn-Minich chapel organ in 1997.

The concert on May 4 will be extra special as Dr. Cleveland will perform on both instruments. During a brief intermission, the audience will move from the Presbyterian Church sanctuary to their chapel.

Dr. Cleveland is considered to be one of America’s finest young organists and has performed in 49 states. He has played with symphony orchestras in Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Northwestern University, and the National Symphony at the Washington National Cathedral for an audience of 3,000.

Dr. Cleveland has also gained international acclaim having performed in prestigious venues in London, Berlin, Stockholm, Russia, Paris, Melbourne, Japan, Singapore, Iceland, and Switzerland. His international reputation gained prominence when he won first prize in the 1994 American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition in Dallas.

Washington is his native state, but Dr. Cleveland studied at Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, and Oxford University. He has performed in International Organ Festivals and with reputable early music ensembles here and abroad. His performances have been heard on National Public Radio, the BBC, and the Northwest radio program, “The Organ Loft.” The Gothic label has recorded several CDs of his work, the latest being “Cleveland in Columbus.”

Dr. Cleveland has performed at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, National Pastoral Musicians and the American Institute of Organ Builders. He has served on the faculties of St. Olaf College and Northwestern University where he received the Searle Award for Teaching Excellence. Currently he serves on the organ faculty at the University of the Washington School of Music and is the director of music at Plymouth Church in Seattle.

All are welcome to attend the Dr. Douglas Cleveland Organ Concert on May 4 at 3 p.m. at the Coshocton Presbyterian Church, located at 142 N. 4th Street, Coshocton. Admission and parking are free, and the church is handicapped accessible. For more information, contact the Coshocton Presbyterian Church at (740) 622-0486.

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