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Internationally Acclaimed Organist, Vintage Wurlitzer to be Showcased in Benefit Pops Concert in Kenmore

David Gray, an exceptional young theatre organist from Scotland, will present an entertaining program of popular music Sunday, July 14, at the Kenmore home of Russ and Jo Ann Evans to benefit the Kenmore Heritage Society’s outreach to our three elementary schools. The program will be performed on a vintage 1924 Wurlitzer organ, installed in the Evans home in 1984.

The 3-keyboard, 1,208-pipe organ is rarely heard publicly. It has all the sound effects – door bells, sleigh bells, birds, sirens, car horns, trains whistles, and more — once used to bring sound to silent motion pictures. It is one of only a few known working 1924 Wurlitzers. Tickets to the program are $35 per person. Seating is limited, and advance reservations are required at wurligal@yahoo.com, or 425-485-5465.

An internationally acclaimed organist and the recipient of several major awards, Gray was named Young Theatre Organist of the Year in 2005 by the American Theater Organ Society. Attracted to music at the age of four, he taught himself to play the piano by ear, began taking lessons a year later, and subsequently attended London’s Royal Academy of Music. Gray will be performing in the Pacific Northwest as part of a U.S. tour. The concert will be presented by the Kenmore Heritage Society and sponsored by the Evans family. All proceeds will be dedicated to bringing the history of Kenmore to the city’s three elementary schools through the StoryWalk program.

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