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122 - CAPE GAZETTE Friday, Feb. 17 - Monday, Feb, 20, 2006 Organist Lewis in concert March 2 5 in Dagsboro Community Lutheran Church will present Richard Lewis in a concert of Theater Organ Music at 4 p.m., Saturday, March 25. Lewis, a native of Wilmington, began music lessons at the age of six. By the age of 13 he was play- ing the organ regularly in church, and later that year was introduced to the large Kimball theatre pipe organ in auditorium of John Dickinson High School in Wilmington. It was there that his love for the theatre organ and its music .was fostered. Over the next few years, Submitted photo Organist Richard Lewis, a Wilmington native, will perform Saturday, March 25 at Community Lutheran Church in I .. | I ii: I Lewis studiously observed and learned as the world's greatest theatre organists practiced and performed on the Kimball organ. In 1992, he entered the National Young Organists Competition of the American Theatre Organ Society, placed first in his age division, and was named overall winner. This led to formal study and coaching with acclaimed theatre organists Tom Hazleton and Lyn Larsen. Lewis has since gone on to perform concerts and recitals in the United States and Canada, including two ATOS National Conventions and a Regional Convention of the American Guild of Organists. For two years, he held the post of Associate Organist at the Ohio Theatre, Columbus, Ohio, where he per- formed regularly alongside Clark Wilson on the Ohio's Robert Morton organ. Lewis has also been honored with an extended engagement at the famous Chicago Theatre, Dagsboro. Chicago, where he performed Kiwanis foundation sets St. Pat's dance The Kiwanis Foundation of viduals from all lifestyles and its pick-up date for any auction items Rehoboth Beach will hold a St. family includes the Key Club, people wish to donate. Patrick's Dinner Dance at 6 p.m., Builders Club and K-Kids. The Tickets for the event are $50 Saturday, March 18,' at the local club has supported organiza- each or a table for $400. Checks Rehoboth Beach Country Club, tions including La Esperanza, can be sent to the address above. with music and dancing in the Rehoboth Day Care, West Side For more information about Irish tradition. New Beginning and the Sussex Rehoboth Kiwanis Club visit A silent auction will highlight Family YMCA. the event. Any business or indi- The club also contributes to vidual wishing to support the auc- Scout troops, therapeutic horse- tion with an item, gift certificate back riding for youth and the or contribution is asked to call North Ireland children through Rosemary Cummings at 537-7979 Project Children and provides or email All books to children worldwide donors will be listed in the pro- through Project Concert. gram. Gift certific.ates and donations Rehoboth Kiwanis Foundation can be sent to Kiwanis serves the children of the world Foundation, P.O. Box 786, and the local community. Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. Its membership includes indi- The club will arrange to set up a daily on the Wurlitzer organ. Other notable concert appearances have included the Detroit Theatre Organ Society, Rochester Theatre Organ Society, Shea's Buffalo Theatre, and Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pa. In the classical realm, Lewis was a scholarship student in organ performance at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., where he studied with the widely recog- nized lecturer, recitalist, and recording artist Joan Lippincott. While at Westminster, he-also studied choral conducting (his other passion) and sacred music. Other classical instructors have included Robin Dinda, Richard Allen, and Stephen Williams. Today, Lewis is senior organist of Newark United Methodist Church in Newark and maintains a schedule of concert engage- ments. The concert is open to the public. Donations will be accepted. Community is located on Rte. 20 at Omar Rd, three miles south of Dagsboro. Stoney Lonen Open All Year! Thurs.00un. at 5:00 (everyday in season) 5pec00.s Daily! F, ehoboth's best kept s,-el" -Out t About 208 Second xeet 302 - 227 - 26454 Kelmlx lSeac DZ ww.oom WEDNESDAY THURSDAY  Night 9 PM FRIDAY Free Wings & Skins 5-7 Karaoke w/Eroc 9:30 FUNSTERS OPEN 7 Days. Lunch. Dinner. Late Night. Happy Hour Daily 4.7 Ready t0 shop? Visit www.shoppingDEbeaches.tom