The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Entertainment

January 31, 2013

Making beautiful music at the Paramount

Frieling, Ellis headline fundraiser

ANDERSON, Ind. — The resounding sound of one organ is beautiful enough on its own, but adding another instrument to the mix contributes to the splendor.  

Professional organists Randy Frieling and Martin Ellis will be doing just that when they play for Anderson audiences at 7:30 p.m. today  at the Paramount Theatre, 1124 Meridian Plaza.

Each $10 ticket sold will go towards restoring the organ at the beautiful theatre.

Some well-known works will make it into their performance. Indiana Jones’ “Raider’s March” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from “The Wizard of Oz” are two in their repertoire.

The duo has been playing together for two years, although they’ve known each other for much longer than that.  They met for the first time when they were both assigned to a concert, and they’ve been playing together since.

The two have performed upwards of 20 shows across the country.

The men have built a great relationship while working together.  They care about each other like brothers, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t able to poke fun at each other once in a while.

“We were just getting ready to play ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ and Martin was thanking the crew from backstage,” Frieling recounted.

 “I took the mic and jokingly said ‘I was talking to [those guys] and they really don’t care that much for you.”

The men use comic personalities to draw in the audience.  “We try to make the concert fun,” Frieling added.   

Frieling has some interesting stories to tell concerning the duo’s experiences over the years.

One particular squeamish incident took place at an Indiana college.

Frieling said, “We were playing at Indiana Wesleyan, and I did a glissando on the piano, [which is a glide from one pitch to another], when I ripped open my skin on the keyboard. I was left with a bloody keyboard, but luckily it happened before intermission, so I was able to get the [piano] wiped off.

“Another time I accidentally ripped my pants while I was performing,” he added with a smile, “but I was able to get them sewn back together by a lady who just happened to have her sewing kit on hand.”

When not working together, both artists pursue their love of music through their individual professions.  Ellis serves as organist and Associate Director of Music for North United Methodist Church in his hometown of Indianapolis, performs with three other organ players in the group “Trio Con Brio,” and has been featured as an artist at The American’s Guild of Organists.  

Feieling works as an instructor at Anderson University where he teaches piano and organ. He received his undergraduate degree from Calvin College, and his master’s from the Indiana Jacob’s School of Music.  He has performed throughout the United States and Europe, and has served as an accompanist for the National Youth Choir.

1
Text Only
Entertainment
  • Historic barn tour and workshop Sept. 19 Across Indiana, barns of all ages and types have been successfully rehabilitated for modern farming and other uses. On Sept. 19, Indiana Landmarks offers BARN AGAIN!, a workshop to help owners maximize use of vintage barns.

    August 20, 2014

  • NWS - HB0817 - Elwood Glass - 016 Glass tours offer unique perspective Although many visitors to the Elwood Glass Festival go for the food, vendors and rides, they also have a unique opportunity to visit the glass factories that give the festival its name.

    August 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Alex Grand Prix set for Aug. 23-24 The third annual Alexandria Grand Prix Street Race will be held Saturday and Sunday in downtown Alexandria.

    August 16, 2014

  • NWS - HB0816 - glass festival - 001 Glass Festival celebrates Elwood history With a snip from Mayor Ron Arnold's scissors and a performance by the Elwood High School marching band, the 43rd Elwood Glass Festival officially kicked off Friday.

    August 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0819 - Glass Festival file - DK - 01 43rd Elwood Festival kicks off today A new community mascot is just one thing to celebrate this weekend. The 43rd Annual Elwood Glass Festival runs today through Sunday, and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marcy Fry said there are plenty of new attractions for the decades-old event.

    August 15, 2014 5 Photos

  • Live music: Aug. 15 The following listings for live music and entertainment at area venues are published in the Friday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    August 14, 2014

  • FEA - HB0813 - Paramount Anderson Prom 2014 136 Paramount celebrates 85 years The doors first opened on Aug. 20, 1929. Eighty-five years later, the Paramount Theatre Centre and Ballroom is having a double celebration with three events this week

    August 12, 2014 3 Photos

  • FEA - HB0811 - Gencon saturday(1) GenCon Indy: No sign of letting up GenCon bills itself as "the original, longest-running, best-attended, gaming convention in the world" and it is hard to dispute that claim. A year ago more than 49,000 attendees came to Indy for the con, a record for the event's 46-year run.

    August 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • FEA HB0810 That's Lutheran Love 'Mighty Fortress,' mighty funny While the stories of the Church Basement Ladies may be set in Minnesota, the hijinks of the casserole-baking, Bible-memorizing teetotalers seem familiar to Hoosiers. Patrons will likely ride home from the newest installment of the series, “A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement,” recounting stories of how similar the characters are to family members or friends.

    August 9, 2014 2 Photos

  • FEA - HB0808 Little Big Town Little Big Town headed to Hoosier Park Saturday night

    The Country Music Association's 2013 reigning duo of the year, Little Big Town, will take the stage Saturday night during Hoosier Park's Sounds of Summer series.

    August 8, 2014 1 Photo