Chattanooga Music Club Holiday Spectacular Features Organist Staisiunas

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Luke Staisiunas
Luke Staisiunas

The Chattanooga Music Club will present its annual Holiday Spectacular on Nov. 14 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.

Mr. Staisiunas is a junior organ major at Oklahoma University studying both classical and theater music. He has already been the guest organist at several conventions and is featured on YouTube playing a number of favorites.

His program will include holiday selections from church and stage played on the auditorium's famous Mighty Austin Pipe Organ.

Mr. Staisiunas 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. The public is cordially invited to this free event (donations to defray cost are always welcomed).

For more information contact Buddy Shirk at 529-0315 or via email at buddy@summittpianos.com 

Review for Luke Staisiunas:

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 five 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.   

For more information visit the Chattanooga Music Club website or Facebook page



Scenic City Chorus Presents "The Singing Zone" Nov. 3

Scenic City Chorus will present "The Singing Zone" on Saturday, Nov. 3, 4 p.m. at Notre Dame High School. "For over 50 years, Scenic City Chorus has entertained audiences in the surrounding Chattanooga area with dynamic, a cappella and four-part harmony.  Our style of entertainment is family-friendly and refreshingly different. Audiences enjoy our contemporary spin on songs ... (click for more)

Bill And Eli Perras Play At Charles And Myrtle's Saturday

Bill and Eli Perras, American Troubadours, will play at Charles and Myrtle's Coffeehouse on Saturday at 8 p.m. The coffeehouse is inside Christ Unity Church at 105 McBrien Road. There is a $10 suggested donation at the door.  Review for Bill and Eli Perras: Imagine George Burns and Gracie Allen as a couple of sweet old hippies, and you have a start on what to expect ... (click for more)

Government Says Former Pilot Travel Centers President Hazelwood Should Be Sentenced To 168-210 Months; Hearing Projected To Take 11 Hours Over 2 Days

The government is asking that former Pilot Travel Centers president Mark Hazelwood be sentenced to between 168-210 months for his part in a fraud against truckers. The government is also asking that Hazelwood be ordered to pay a $750,000 fine. It was noted that all restitution has been made by Pilot to the tune of some $100 million. Attorney Brad Henry, of Knoxville and New ... (click for more)

Mother Of 15-Year-Old Killed By His Father Said McElrath Had Been Acting "Manic"

The mother of a 15-year-old boy who was killed by his father said Michael McElrath had been acting "manic" in the days leading up to the tragic incident in Hixson on Aug. 18. Judge Alex McVeigh bound a charge of criminal homicide against McElrath, a former jail officer, to the Grand Jury. He is charged in the death of Dylan McElrath, who was a sophomore at Hixson High School. ... (click for more)

Arming Teachers With Guns Will Be Too Dangerous - And Response (3)

Arming teachers with guns in the classroom, as Bill Lee proposes, would be the single most dangerous thing to happen to students in Tennessee history. Students and teachers in close proximity to loaded firearms daily? Across this state, in middle schools alone, there are probably hundreds of student/teacher conflicts a day. What if a student got hold of gun in a struggle with ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Who Is This ‘New Voice’?

It’s easy for me to say that I either know, or know about, almost every person running in November for the state legislature. Yet when I describe Lemon Williams as the most exciting of the bunch, that’s because he's the only guy I had never heard of when he picked up his qualifying papers. He just turned out the best political aspirant I have had a conversation with in the last ... (click for more)