posted September 11, 2008

Hope to Feature “Pipedreams Live!” on Sept. 22

Hope College will be the featured location for a recording of the radio show "Pipedreams Live!" on Monday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

"Pipedreams," the only nationally distributed weekly radio program exploring the art of the pipe organ, is coming to HopeCollege for a "Pipedreams Live!" performance with "Pipedreams" host Michael Barone.  "Pipedreams" is produced and distributed by American Public Media and can be heard every Sunday at 7 a.m. on Blue Lake Public Radio, WBLV 90.3 FM (Muskegon and the Lakeshore) and WBLU 88.9 FM  (Grand Rapids).

The Sept. 22 "Pipedreams Live!" concert will feature Hope College resident organist Huw Lewis and Hope College students and alumni showcasing Dimnent Memorial Chapel's restored 1928 E.M. Skinner pipe organ.  The performance is a culmination of the organ's rededication over the past year in which Hope College hosted renowned organists Olivier Latry and Diane Bish.

"Pipedreams" evolved from "The Organ Program," which Barone had produced since 1970 for MPR's regional network and it has been in national syndication since 1983.  Barone has been involved with the pipe organ for nearly 50 years. As host and senior executive producer of "Pipedreams," he is recognized internationally for his contributions to the world of organ music. Barone's talent and commitment have been recognized with numerous awards, including the American Guild of Organists President's Award in 1996, the Distinguished Service Award of the Organ Historical Society in 1997 and the 2001 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. In November 2002 he was selected for induction to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.

Additional information may be obtained online by visiting www.pipedreams.org.

A reception underwritten by Freedom Village will take place in the chapel immediately following the concert.

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.