Walt Disney Concert Hall’s Organ Conservator Pulls Out All The Stops

It’s an interesting title because I don’t really conserve anything, I show it off instead of conserve it. How did you become interested in the organ? My father being a pastor at a church and my mother being a pianist and singer. My mom taught me how to play piano at age 3 or 4 when she heard someone playing and walked in and saw me playing. It wasn’t one of her students, it was me playing what I heard her rehearsing with another student. From then on she taught me. FULL COVERAGE: Walt Disney Concert Hall at 10 My father showed me an organ at some point and I thought I’d try it, I was 12 and pretty proficient piano-wise. After, I ran across the driveway and told my mom I wanted to play organ and she said, “OK, dinner is almost ready.” What do you like about the instrument? It’s the king of instruments. It’s the most complex and it’s the ultimate in power. When you pull out all the stops and play something tutti super fortissimo it’s unlike anything else. That’s when you find power in a way, when you’re seated in front of this enormous instrument and you’re using both hands, both feet, your whole body to play.

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MOJO Nov. 2013

Oct. 24 Alabama Shakes, 7 p.m. reserved tickets priced at $15 Fri.. Oct. 25 Zendaya, 7 p.m. reserved tickets priced at $15 Sat. Oct. 26 Billy Currington, 7 p.m. reserved tickets priced at $20 Sun. Oct. 27 Jerry Lewis, 5 p.m.

Better security, mindful artists prevent concert mayhem


EDT September 20, 2013 Beyonce is the latest victim of fans overstepping their boundaries at her concerts. Beyonce performs on stage during “The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour” at the Barclays Center on August 3 in New York. She is currently in the midst of the tour’s Latin American leg. (Photo: Kevin Mazur) Beyonce was dragged off stage by a fan at a concert in Brazil last weekend Other pop stars such as Justin Bieber and One Direction have suffered concert attacks It’s key to “let audiences know what their limitations are,” one expert says SHARE 4 CONNECT 8 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE She may be Queen Bey to many, but that doesn’t mean Beyonce is always treated like royalty during her shows. Especially when her throngs of adoring fans are crazy in love. Not only did the pop star’s luscious locks get caught in an electric fan during a July performance, the reigning diva has also been spanked by a Copenhagen concertgoer in May and pulled off stage by another at a Brazil show last weekend (resulting in this hilarious, albeit terrifying, image ). Mrs. Carter’s bad-luck streak may seem like an anomaly (her Latin American tour has continued without incident and stops in Venezuela tonight and Colombia on Sunday), but in fact, these crazed fan incidents happen to nearly every pop star. Concertgoers have rushed the stage at Miley Cyrus , Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift shows. Justin Bieber was attacked by a fan during a Dubai performance, resulting in an upturned piano. Even One Direction’s Harry Styles suffered a blow to the groin after a concertgoer threw a shoe at him in February. “They want to get as close as possible,” says Gary Bongiovanni, editor of Pollstar, which covers the concert industry. “It’s just a fan being overly exuberant that could in fact hurt the performer or anyone else around them if they don’t act rationally.