REXBURG, Idaho – Concert and recording artist, composer and international television personality Diane Bish will return to Rexburg to perform a concert on the newly completed Ruffatti organ.
The program will be held Thursday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall of the Snow Center for the Performing Arts at Brigham Young University-Idaho.
Tickets for this Center Stage Performing Arts Series performance are now available from the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office by calling 496-2230 or online at www.byui.edu/tickets. The cost is $10 for the general public and $4 for BYU-Idaho students.
Bish is best known as the host of the international television series “The Joy of Music.” The program is available to more than 300 million viewers weekly and features her playing famous organs in solo and with other classical musicians in cathedrals, churches and concert halls around the world.
A consummate church musician, Bish served as senior organist and artist-in-residence at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for over 20 years. While at Coral Ridge Church, she was instrumental in developing one of the country’s first church concert series, creating an annual church music workshop for musicians around the world, and designing the 117-rank Ruffatti organ, distinguished as one of the great organs in America.
In 1989, Bish was awarded the National Citation by the National Federation of Music Clubs of America. Considered to be the federation’s highest honor, she shares this rare distinction with such legends as Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, Van Cliburn, Robert Shaw, Irving Berlin and Fred Waring in receiving this award “for distinguished service to the musical, artistic, and cultural life of the nation.
Bish has recorded on the foremost organs of the world and was the first American woman to record on the four organs of the Freiburg Cathedral in Germany.