Dave Wickerham, world renown theater organist, will conclude the 2012 Gem of a Season at the Crystal Theatre in Crystal Falls with a performance Sunday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. Tickets are now available.
CRYSTAL FALLS—The grand finale of Crystal Theatre’s 2012 Gem of a Season features renowned theater organist Dave Wickerham Sunday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m.
Proclaimed America’s best pipe organist by the American Pipe Organ Guild, Wickerham returns once again to play the vintage Moller pipe organ installed during the theatre’s restoration in the early ‘90s.
Born in Encino, Calif., Wickerham began playing the electronic organ at the age of 4 and was introduced to the pipe organ at age 10.
At 14, when his family moved to Arizona, he became associate organist at the famous Organ Stop Pizza Restaurants in Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson.
He attended the University of Arizona on a full scholarship, pursuing classical organ studies for six years.
Wickerham later became staff organist at Pipes and Pizza in Lansing, Ill., and Piper Music Palace in Greenfield, Wis.
He was also the principal organist at Williams Bay Lutheran Church in Lake Geneva, Wis., and began performing concerts around the country.
Wickerham was a featured organist at the Fiesta Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas and at the convention of the Theatre Organ Society in Australia, where he received rave reviews. This engagement culminated in a five-week tour “down under.”
Until recently, Wickerham was organist in residence and curator at the Milhous Museum, in Boca Raton, Fla.
When the museum closed, he and his family decided to make Crystal Falls their home base. He continues to travel around the country performing for pipe organ enthusiasts.
“Dave is an encore entertainer on our stage,” says Theatre Manager Charlie Sandstrom. “His performance on the ‘Mighty Moller’ pipe organ promises to leave you entranced and enthralled.”
Advanced tickets for the concert are available for $12 at Ben Franklin’s in Crystal Falls, Central Arts and Gifts and the Iron County Chamber Office in Iron River, Steamin’ Joe Coffeehouse in Florence, and The Music Tree in Iron Mountain.
Tickets may also be purchased online at thecrystaltheatre.org or by phoning 875-6867. Admission at the door is $15 for adults and $5 for youths under 18.