Atlantic City Tourism -


Press Releases

Atlantic City Press Release

 

For Immediate Release: February 11, 2013   Print/Save Page
World Renowned Organist Steven Ball to Play Kimball Organ
Contact:
For the ACCVA:
David Zuba, 609-449-7125
Elaine Zamansky, 609-449-7166
Karen Martin, 609-449-7126

For Lou Hammond & Associates:
Doug Ruchefsky, 212-308-8880

One of the world’s most renowned organists, Dr. Steven Ball, will display his proficient musical talents when he performs on the recently-restored Kimball organ during the Group Valentine Wedding, Vow Renewal and Civil Union Ceremony on Thursday, February 14th at 2 pm in the Adrian Philips Ballroom at historic Boardwalk Hall.


Currently the Senior Staff Organist at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, Dr. Ball is a Fulbright Scholar and is widely recognized for his classical improvisation, art of silent film composition and accompaniment. He has traveled and performed extensively throughout the United States and abroad in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Portugal, Ireland, England and Switzerland.


Prior to being used last summer for the Wedding of the Sea Mass and after laying silent for more than decade, the Kimball Organ was designed by Emerson Richards and built by W.W. Kimball (opus 7073) and completed at a cost of $47,550 in April, 1931. It is entirely enclosed in two chambers simply known as Left and Right, being at each side of the stage and is one of the largest theater-style organs ever constructed. The organ will once again be heard in its entire splendor when Dr. Ball brings the organ’s 55 ranks of pipes to life during the annual ceremony, which is sponsored by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority (ACCVA).


Dr. Ball’s musical ascension began when he was six years old back home on a small farm in the town of Wrist, Michigan. It was there that he began studying piano and by the age of nine was a regular during church services and shortly thereafter commenced organ studies with Dr. John Hammersma of Calvin College. At 16, Dr. Ball was accepted as an undergraduate in organ performance at the University of Michigan in the studio of Dr. Marilyn Mason.


Following his time at Michigan, Dr. Ball left the United States to study music overseas at many renowned schools, including I’Institute de Touraine in Tours (France), the University of Utrecht and Royal Dutch Carillon School of Amersfoort (The Netherlands) and the Royal Carillon School of Mechelen (Belgium). Dr. Ball was also awarded a Fulbright Scholarship by the United States Government in 2002.


Dr. Ball currently maintains an active recording career, concert schedule and is also the University Carillonneur at the University of Michigan. Additionally, he is also a member of the Faculty of the Organ and Carillon Department, Director of the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments and Cathedral Organist at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Detroit.


Please be advised that this event is not open to the public. Media is encouraged to cover this momentous occasion. Please R.S.V.P. to David Zuba at (609) 449-7125 or dzuba@accva.com.


-30-


The Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority serves as the destination's principal marketing arm, stimulating economic growth through convention, business and leisure tourism development. The Authority oversees the management of the Atlantic City Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall. The Authority is the first destination marketing organization in New Jersey to achieve prestigious Destination Marketing Accreditation by the Destination Marketing Association International. For complete Atlantic City information, visit www.doatlanticcity.com.

Also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AtlanticCityNJ.