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  • The Byrd Theatre Foundation PO Box 14860 Richmond, VA 232214860

    Rev. 6/5/12

    June 8, 2012

    BYRD THEATRE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES:

    A Night with the Mighty Wurlitzer:

    Featuring World-Renowned Organist Cameron Carpenter~October 20th RICHMOND, VA----The Byrd Theatre Foundation, a local not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving Carytowns beloved Byrd Theatre, is thrilled to host world-renowned organist Cameron Carpenter for the second year in a row. Traveling from Berlin, Germany, Cameron Carpenter will dazzle the crowd with his extraordinary tunes on the Wurlitzer while also entertaining with comedic interludes between his songs on Saturday, October 20

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    Cameron Carpenters performance last year proved to be one of the Byrds great Richmond highlights of 2011. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal states that Cameron Carpenter is Not Your Grandmas Organist: Alternatingly dazzling and subtle, and always fired by a profound musical intelligence. Camerons approach to the organ is smashing the stereotypes of organists and organ music while generating a level of acclaim and controversy unprecedented for an organist. Besides the musical event, Cameron Carpenter coming to the Byrd Theatre this Fall will help the Byrd Theatre Foundation achieve a $250,000 challenge grant offered by the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation. As part of this challenge, the Byrd Theatre Foundation has set an aggressive goal of raising $500,000 this year, which will enable the completion of several high priority projects. As a nonprofit organization, the Byrd Theatre Foundation solely relies on support from individuals, groups and the community to achieve its mission. It is crucial to the Byrds success that events are held to raise awareness of the cause as well as contribute to the organizations financial capacity. Sponsorships are available and much appreciated.

    The Byrd Theatre Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) organization striving to keep the Byrd accessible for Richmonds residents and guests, now and in the future, so that they may continue to use it to forward their own missions and celebrate milestones in their lives. Additional fundraising activities are being developed for capital improvements. All proceeds will benefit the Foundations mission to improve and restore the Byrd Theatre to its original glory, purchase the building, and preserve it for future generations to experience and enjoy as has been done since 1928. Sponsorships for the Cameron Carpenter event are available at preserve@thebtf.org or by directly contacting Jaclyn Witthoefft, Byrd Theatre Foundation President (see below).

    For additional information please contact:

    Jaclyn Witthoefft

    804.357.5105 (direct phone), preserve@thebtf.org (direct email) Board of Directors President Byrd Theatre Foundation

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  • TICKETSStudents: $15General Admission: $30VIP Seating: $75

    SPONSORSHIPSThe Mighty Wurlitzer $5,000+The Marquee $1,500 $3,000The Mezzanine $750 $1,499The Velvet Curtain $250 $749

    OCTOBER 20, 2012

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    The Byrd Theatre Foundation presents

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    A NIGHT WITH THE MIGHTY WURLITZER

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    For more information: preserve@thebtf.com www.ByrdTheatre.com

    All event proceeds benefit the Byrd Theatre Foundation in its mission to restore and preserve the Byrd Theatre.

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  • Carpenter is one of the rare musicians who changes thegame of his instrument He is a smasher of culturaland classical music taboos. He is technically themost accomplished organist I have ever witnessedAnd, most important of all, the most musical.THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

    No other musician of Carpenters generation has moreadeptly fused shrewd showmanship, dazzlingtechnique and profound thinking abouthis instrument and his place in the musical cosmos...THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

    The Maverick Organist... he is a player withextraordinarily glib fingers andAstairelike footwork... a first-rate talentwith a sense of how phrases move.THE NEW YORK TIMES

    Not Your Grandmas Organist: Alternatinglydazzling and subtle, and always fired by a profoundmusical intelligence.THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

    To say that Cameron Carpenter is a virtuoso is to say nothing.He is an exorbitant virtuoso, the Vladimir Horowitzof the organ.KOMMERSANT (Saint Petersburg, Russia)

    A madly original organist whose programs careen acrosscenturies of musical history and sashay deep into popular culture.Hes a force of nature...ALEX ROSS, on TheRestIsNoise.com

    CONTACT: TOBY TUMARKIN AT CAMI MUSICTUMARKIN@CAMIMUSIC.COM (212) 841-9563 / WWW.CAMIMUSIC.COM

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  • Offbeat organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter

    brings the noise back to the Schermerhorn

    by Dana Kopp Franklin

    The witty, whimsical evangelist of the classical organ, Cameron Carpenter, was in Nashville Sunday night performing at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and it was a reminder of why we're glad the flood didn't

    permanently shut down the house and how lucky we are to have the pipes to attract the virtuoso to town.

    Pipes, of course, being the $2.5 million Martin Foundation Concert Organ. Carpenter's concert was the first public performance on the organ since its restoration after severe flood damage.

    And yet Carpenter who is the first popularly acclaimed superstar of the classical organ in decades (maybe ever, if superstar means being Grammy-nominated, fabulously attired and active on Facebook) resists the fetishization of individual instruments.

    Though he proclaimed the Schoenstein pipe organ to be "very good," he likened the instruments he encounters while touring to "one-night stands" when one would rather have "a 25-year marriage."

    He then slipped in a mention of one of his pet causes, the development of a digital touring organ, something that makes purists of analog organ music puff up in indignation.

    What's really fun about Carpenter, as Sunday night's performance made clear, is how passionate he is about sharing and proclaiming the beauty of organ music by any means necessary. For him, the method of choice is showmanship.

    It started when he walked onstage wearing a tiny black jacket tailored to extremity and adorned with dazzling sequined epaulets and lapels. Beneath this he wore slim jeans that looked like acid-washing done by Jackson Pollock. And when he worked the organ, his spangled cowboy boots sparkled and danced like something from a semilegal fireworks shop.

  • Carpenter's quest is to promote the dynamism and musical "colors" of his instrument. While pianists talk of "color," he said, the piano delivers only subtle shadings compared to the wild contrasts of the organ (which, after all, is designed to encompass all the sounds of an orchestra, and more).

    He spent the evening reveling in that stirring range. As for percussion, he conceded that compared to the piano, the organ is "the least rhythmic instrument."

    "It just grinds," he joked, "and not in a good way."

    Carpenter proceeded to take the organ through sprightly paces via an adaptation of one of Liszt's solo piano pieces, Transcendental Etude No. 5, "Feux Follets." The nickname means "fireflies" or "will o' the

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