May 9, 2017
Writer: Don Sparhawk
REXBURG- Organist Tom Trenney will perform Thursday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m. on the Ruffatti organ in the Barrus Concert Hall at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg.
He will be joined on several numbers by the BYU-Idaho Men's Choir and Women's Choir directed by Rebecca Lord.
Known for his engaging improvisations on hymns, submitted themes, scripture, poetry, and artwork, Trenney became the first organist to be awarded First Prize and Audience Prize in the American Guild of Organists' National Competition in Organ Improvisation in 2006.
Since 2009 Trenney has served as minister of music to First Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he leads four choirs, plays the organ and preaches. He is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music.
Trenney will perform on a Ruffatti organ, which is the fourth largest pipe organ in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Keith Martindale Stefan Memorial Organ was built by the Fratelli Ruffatti Organ Company of Padua, Italy, and installed in the Barrus Concert Hall in 1983. Originally comprising three manuals and 55 ranks of pipes, it has grown over the years to its originally planned four manual/67-rank size.
Tickets for the Center Stage concert are $12 for the general public and $6 for BYU-Idaho students. Tickets can be purchased at the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office, by calling 496-3170 or online at tickets.byui.edu.