The Precious Blood concert celebrates the inauguration of the organ


The public is invited to a free organ dedication concert to be performed at Precious Blood Catholic Church on Sunday, January 2, 2022 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. EST. This concert will be a Christmas / Epiphany concert. Just as Jesus was offered by the Three Kings, the Precious Blood Catholic Church received this majestic organ with generous funding from the United Cabinet Foundation, which was established by Stan and Mary Jane Krempp.

The organ given is a three-key Rodgers Infinity 361-11 with a standard oak finish. It has five divisions and Antiphonal: Great, Swell, Choir, Solo and Pedal. Tom Magee, president of Classic Organs of Indiana, Inc., from whom this organ was purchased, installed a 12-channel full-range stereo audio system including amplifiers and all external speakers to deliver the best sound to the organ. ‘listener. These loudspeakers were distributed throughout the church in order to make the best use of space and musical strengths. This instrument was instrumental in supporting the congregation, cantors, and choir and enhanced worship and helped advance musical prayer.

Rodney Barbour, the guest organist for this concert is an accomplished musician born and raised in Huntington, WV. Rodney’s concerts across the United States and Canada have been appreciated by audiences for their variety of musical styles and sonic colors that Rodney chooses during the performance! Rodney is an accomplished keyboardist who accompanies backing vocals and soloists, and performs for concerts and services when the opportunity arises. Rodney is also a skilled composer and arranger with articles published in various periodicals and organ arrangements published with Concordia Publishing, Hope Publishing and Lifeway. Rodney uses his literary talents to write Crestview worship services as well as to write a weekly blog to help engage the congregation in active participation through music.

In addition to showcasing the beautiful sounds of carillons, trumpets, strings, woodwinds and other instruments, Rodney will explain the instrumentation and historical facts about the pieces on the program and even tell a joke or two. The music to be performed includes a wide variety of styles and instruments, for example: CAROL OF THE BELLS… arr. Hayes with: organ, orchestral strings, nylon guitar, bells, full symphonic strings, full organ and TOCCATA IN F (ORGAN SYMPHONY # 5)… arr. Widor with: Complete French Organ Fundamentals and Reeds

Rodney is completing his sixteenth year as Director of the Worship Arts at Crestview Presbyterian Church in West Chester, Ohio. He conducts the 40-part Chancel Choir, Crestview Ringers, Worship Band, Crestview Brass and works with all music volunteers involved in children’s music and small ensembles. Rodney’s background includes degrees in Music Education and Trombone (Marshall University), Organ Performance (Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music), and further studies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Rodney enjoys photography and sometimes his “art” appears on screens during worship to illustrate a point. Rodney is married to Cheri (Smith) Barbour (they are childhood sweethearts!) And they love to golf together (Cheri is good!). If you need to know something about hot dogs, pizza, or ice cream (or the best restaurants in Cincinnati or West Virginia), contact Rodney!

The catch-up date for this concert will be Sunday January 9 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST if this concert is canceled. Please listen to WITZ for any cancellations.


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