PipeChat Digest #352 - Thursday, April 30, 1998
 
Re: PipeChat Digest #348 - 04/28/98
  by "Brian Pearson" <bpearson@adelaide.on.net>
 


(back) Subject: Re: PipeChat Digest #348 - 04/28/98 From: bpearson@adelaide.on.net (Brian Pearson) Date: Thu, 30 Apr 1998 18:09:22 +0930     >Subject: Re: LEW WILLIAMS >From: sohmer@juno.com (stephen ohmer) >Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 17:00:24 -0400   Steve Ohmer wrote:   >So, now that poor Lew has had a bad day down undah, give the bloke >another chance; put your rocks and stones away and hear this guy play >anything!   I can understand Steve getting the impression from what has been written= previously that Lew Williams's concert for the Theatre Organ Society of= Australia's Easter convention on the Capri 4/29 organ in Adelaide, South= Australia, was flawed, but nothing could be further from the truth.   IT WAS A TRIUMPH! I have heard almost all of the really great theatre organists on our instruments over sixty years of interest (and nearly=20 fifty of active participation) in the theatre organ. Every last one of them was worthy of the utmost admiration for their command of the instrument and their ability to entertain their audiences. Only Lew Williams has received FOUR encores in my experience. One of them, played like the rest of his programme from memory, was a transcription of Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries", and another was Widor's well known (but not easily played) Toccata. So what if critical ears heard what they perceived as isolated mistakes in parts of that long programme? Normal mortals didn't, and wouldn't have cared if they had. =20   HE ENTERTAINED!=20   (I might add that one critic even found the microphone operators to be at fault in one concert during the convention, even though the official tape and video don't support him, and the people concerned are highly qualified volunteer enthusiasts with very many years of dedicated unpaid service whose recording skills are in demand internationally. Their=20 fine work can be heard on nearly all of the theatre organ CDs and videos which have emanated from this country.)   Then there was Lew's teach in, with a video screen above him showing what he was doing at the console. It was not only enormously instructive, but was equally entertaining to non organists who wished to learn to listen more knowledgeably.   =46inally there was the entirely unrehearsed jam session with eight other= musicians, most of whom are competent theatre organists and concert givers in their own right. Americans present said that they had never seen and heard the like in their homeland. At times there were three on the grand piano, another three on the organ piano and two at the console, plus virtuoso trombone, trumpet and drums. It was pure Jazz, and Lew was right in the middle of it. If you weren't there, feel sorry for yourself.   This gentleman is welcome back in this country any time he cares to make the journey. He is not only a fine classical and theatre organist, but is unassuming and friendly to the point that many of us feel that we have known him for years. He will be here again in September, 1999, and we are all looking forward to it very much indeed.   Cheers,=20   Brian Pearson,=20   President Australia Felix Chapter, ATOS. Member Convention Sub-committee, TOSA(SA) =46oundation Member, TOSA(VIC)=20   =20