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CMC's Annual Free Holiday Spectacular at Memorial Auditorium

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Luke Staisiunas
The Chattanooga Music Club is pleased to announce their annual Holiday Spectacular on Tuesday, Nov. 14th, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium. This years program is headlined by a rising young artist from the Philadelphia, PA area. Luke Staisiunas is a junior organ major at Oklahoma University studying both classical and theater music. Luke has already been the guest organist at several conventions and is featured on YouTube playing a number of favorites. His program Tuesday night will include holiday selections from church and stage played on the auditorium's famous Mighty Austin Pipe Organ. \

Luke will be joined by the 65 piece Mid-South Band led by Jim Souders , and the Chattanooga Christian Concert Choir directed by Paul Faulkner. The evening will be hosted by Greg Glover from News Channel 3 who will lead the audience in a medley of well-known tunes of the season. This family-friendly evening will include a visit from jolly ole St. Nick and CMC club members performing on a Steinway provided by Summitt Pianos.

The public is cordially invited to this free event (donations to defray cost are always welcomed) which will be a great way to begin the holiday season in the Tennessee Valley. For more information contact Buddy Shirk at 423-529-0315 or via email at

About the Artist:
From a young age, Luke Staisiunas has had an interest in music. As a child he recalls eagerly listening to the church organist, and at age 5 began his formal training with Piano lessons. He continued until the eighth grade, when he saved up to buy his first home organ. He attended Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg PA, and took organ and carillon lessons with Jim Brinson, the school's organist and carilloneur. Now 20, he is a junior at the University of Oklahoma, home of the American Organ Institute. There, he studies both classical and theatre organ with Dr. John Schwandt, orchestral transcription with Dr. Adam Pajan, and silent film with Professor Clark Wilson. In addition to his performance degree work, he is active in the Organ Technology program, the only program of its kind in the United States. He has played for numerous churches, as well as various solo performances. In the summers, he has taken art in the Summer Youth Adventure hosted by the American Theatre Organ society, which gives students an opportunity to spend a week studying with a team of the premiere theatre organists in the United States. Since the summer of his freshman year of college he has also interned with firms which give an opportunity to get hands on organ building experience. After graduation, he hopes to pursue both organ building and playing as a career.

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