Annual Patriotic Organ Concert Set For July 1

Features Organist Frederick Hohman

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Frederick Hohman
Frederick Hohman

The 8th annual Patriotic Organ Concert sponsored by the Chattanooga Music Club will be presented at Chattanooga's Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium on Tuesday, July 1, at 7 p.m.  

The program will feature internationally known organist Frederick Hohman, performing on the auditorium's Austin Pipe Organ. Each year this annual concert draws a large audience from Chattanooga and surrounding states and is open to the public without charge. Donations are accepted to help fund the ongoing maintenance of the organ and future programs.

This year, which marks the 90th birthday of the Austin organ, the program will feature a "surprise" for the audience. Chattanooga Bakery, Inc., as an in-kind sponsor, will have a limited supply of Mini-Moon Pies for guest to complement the "surprise." The organ was built in 1924 for the new Memorial Auditorium and was dedicated in February, 1925, at a concert presented by the world renowned English organist/composer Edwin H. Lemare. Adolph S. Ochs, publisher of the New York Times and the Chattanooga Times, was influential in Mr. Lemare's becoming Chattanooga's first municipal organist and underwrote his annual salary of $5,000 for five years. The organ provided entertainment for thousands of people through the years, but following WWII it became neglected and fell into the hands of vandals. In 1985, the Chattanooga Music Club began a 20 year long organ restoration project which was completed in 2007.

Dr. Hohman, a leading authority on the life and work of Mr. Lemare, will focus on a number of Mr. Lemare's original works and transcriptions which will include Grand March from "Aida;" Poet and Peasant Overture; Carmen Suite; Thanksgiving March; Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D, Opus 39; Irish Air; Humoreske,Op. 101, No.7; and The Ride of the Valkyries. A musical salute to veterans and active duty military has been arranged by Dr. Hohman and will be played during the recognition of the branches of service. Also, he will play transcriptions of 17 orchestral music cues used by Hal Roach Studios in Laurel and Hardy silent films and will accompany a Little Rascals silent film.

He studied organ with David Craighead at Rochester's Eastman School of Music, where he earned Eastman's Performer's Certificate, Bachelor and Master of Music degrees and DMA degrees in Performance and Literature. For over 35 years he has become distinguished in many diverse occupations, such as a concert organist, a church organist, a composer, an audio producer/engineer, an entrepreneur, an inventor, a corporate executive, a CD label director and a video director. His expertise in audio and video media enabled him to produce and engineer over 350 organ and sacred choral albums for his organ and choral colleagues. The Pro Organo CD label, which he founded, has become renown for excellence in engineering and recording new organ and choral literature. His many recordings of original works and organ transcriptions by Edwin Lemare have established him as a leading symphonic organist. 

Since 1984, he has toured the U.S.A. with organ concerts, workshop and lecture recitals, and has appeared in concert in Australlia, the U.K., Finland and the Caribbean. In addition to appearing before regional and national conventions of The American Guild of Organists, The Organ Historical Society and the American Institute of Organbuilders, he has appeared at several noteworthy musical festivals, including the San Anselmo Organ Festival, the Redlands Organ Festival and the Spoleto festival. He also has served as an adjudicator and festival artist in the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival and Competition.

A CD recording, showing the Lemare connection with Chattanooga and recorded by Dr. Hohman at Memorial Auditorium this spring on its Austin pipe organ, will be available for sale at the concert. The album, entitled Lemare Affair IV, is the fourth album in a series of Lemare Affair albums. It focuses upon Mr. Lemare's life in Chattanooga and his many solo organ works, as well as a few transcriptions.

For more information contact CMC's 2nd Vice President, Buddy Shirk at 529-0315, via email or visit

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