PPUMC organist, Ken Surley will mark the 25 Anniversary of the PPUMC organ with a Johann Sebastian Bach Concert. The concert will be on at 4:00 pm on Sunday, September 28, 2014.
When asked why he decided on featuring the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Ken answered, “ During my first semester in college, I bought my first classical recording from the Baylor Bookstore bargain bin. I was a poor college student, but I splurged $2.98. It was a vinyl LP by organist Walter Kraft and it was titled BACH Organ Music. It was my only record so I listened to it at least 100 times and I love those pieces. Through the years I discovered that I had many of those pieces in my Bach collections, so I decided to play those pieces for a recital. I will be on memory lane playing some old favorites and everyone else is invited to listen.
Due to the humidity problems, some of the big reed stops are ruined. Without those stops, it eliminated a lot of the 19th and 20th century pieces. So I decided to play only 18th century pieces since I could do it without those big reeds.”
The organ was dedicated during Sunday morning worship services on September 17, 1989, with a mini-recital played by church organist Harry Scher. Ken Surley’s first Sunday as PPUMC organist was September 6, 1992.