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World-class organist to perform at Coshocton Presbyterian Church

| May 2, 2018

COSHOCTON – On Sunday, May 6, at 3 p.m. organist Dr. Bradley Hunter Welch will perform a double-header concert at the Coshocton Presbyterian Church on their Taylor and Boody Tracker organ in the church sanctuary and on their Bunn-Minnick pipe organ in the church’s chapel allowing audience members to hear different styles and sounds from these two unique instruments.

The concert is free to attend and is open to all, made possible through the generosity of the Joe R. Engle Recital Fund. It is held in conjunction with the Coshocton Dogwood Festival of the Arts; and as part of the year-long celebration of the Coshocton Presbyterian Church’s 200th Anniversary.

“It has been said of Bradley Hunter Welch, and we agree, ‘To invoke an old Southern expression – he plays the organ like nobody’s business!'” says Alice Hoover, organist at the Coshocton Presbyterian Church. “With the virtuosity of his playing and his easy going spoken commentary, he quickly proves that entertainer and organist are not mutually exclusive.”

Dr. Welch is hailed as a ‘world-class virtuoso’ (The American Organist) and as ‘expert at defining darks, lights, shadows, and colors’, (Birmingham News, Alabama).  He is increasingly in demand as a recitalist, a concerto soloist, and collaborative artist.

“He has played outstanding instruments all over the United States and Europe, has won numerous awards, and has earned several degrees,” said Charles R. Snyder, Director of Music at the Coshocton Presbyterian Church.   “We are most fortunate to have an artist of his caliber visit our community and he, too, seems to have a special place in his heart for us. We certainly invite all music lovers to this concert. You will hear organ music like you’ve never experienced it before.”

Bradley Hunter Welch is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts, Master of Musical Arts, Master of Music degrees, and the Artist Diploma from Yale University as well as Bachelor of Music degree magna cum laude from Baylor University.

Kara Kirkendoll Welch, Dr. Welch’s wife, is a flutist in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and adjunct professor of flute at Southern Methodist University.  They are the devoted parents of Ethan Hunter Welch and Avery Christine Welch.

For more information about the Dr. Bradley Hunter Welch organ concert on Sunday, May 6, at 3 p.m., contact the church office at 740-622-0486. The concert is free and open to the public. The church is also handicapped accessible. The Coshocton Presbyterian Church is located at 142 N. Fourth Street, the corner of Fourth and Chestnut Streets in Coshocton and free parking is available.

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