Organ Dedication Concert Planned At St. Jude Church
St. Jude Church, Mountain Top, will host a dedication concert of the newly-installed 66-stop Allen GeniSys Organ, designed by Rudy Lucente, internationally acclaimed Allen Organ designer and Wanamaker organist, specifically for St. Jude Church at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. Public is welcome. Lucente is an assistant organist at the Grand Court Organ in Macy’s Philadelphia (formerly Wanamaker’s). An internationally-known recitalist, he has also been a church musician for more than 40 years, and is a holiday staff organist at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square. He studied organ with Dr. Keith Chapman and also worked with the American/Armenian composer Richard Yardumian. He has devoted much of his musical activities to the preservation and performance of their works. Lucente appears frequently as a recitalist and church music clinician, and is a member of the Philadelphia Organ Quartet, an ensemble that performs music arranged for four organs. He has published a number of recordings, the most recent on the large Allen Organ installed in the Cathedral of Valladolid in Spain, where he performed for the second time for an audience of nearly 2,000 in September 2009. His recording, Christmas at Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox, done in Surround Sound, has been favorably reviewed, appearing on national public radio every year. For information on the local concert, contact Joseph Dubinski, director of music, St. Jude Church, 420 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, 570-474-6315.