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Spanish organist to tickle ivories at Piedmont College
Raúl Ramírez

Armed with a powerful personality, passionate expressiveness, gift for communication and outstanding technique, internationally acclaimed concert organist Raúl Ramírez will present a free concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 15, in Demorest.

The Madrid, Spain, native will play on the Sewell Pipe Organ in the Piedmont College Chapel at 992 Central Ave. in Demorest.

Ramírez is the first Spanish organist in recent times to establish himself among the elites of the international concert scene. At age 27, he was appointed as the first Organist-in-Residence of the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid — Spain’s National Concert Hall. Within the first six months, he increased attendance at the hall’s organ recitals 30 fold. Critics hailed him as one of the most exciting talents in the music scene in Spain.

Ramírez is now a successful concert organist with a busy global schedule that takes him to major festivals and concert halls, from the Mariinsky Theater and Moscow House of Music in Russia to organ dedications and major venues through Europe and the United States.

Since 2013, Ramírez has served as the organist in residence at Sursa Concert Hall and on the organ faculty at Ball State University.

For the Piedmont concert, Ramírez will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Liszt, César Franck, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Charles Marie Widor.

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