The Lake Arts Council is proud to sponsor a highly technical and entertaining organ concert by local talent Robert (Bob) Johnson in the sanctuary of the Community Christian Church of Camdenton, 1152 North Business Route 5, on Sunday, June 2, beginning at 3 p.m. Tickets are $18 and may be purchased at the First National and Central Banks, The Community Christian Church in Camdenton, and at the Lake Arts Council office by calling 573-964-6366. A reception will follow the concert, with a drawing for two season passes to all Lake Arts Council events.
Johnson served as music director and organist at the Community Christian Church from 1995 until 2003. He helped procure the Rogers Model 950 Organ for the church, where it was installed in November, 1999. It is the same instrument purchased by New York’s famous Carnegie Hall. This particular three-manual digital organ was selected by the search committee for its clarity and warmth, and for the most authentic pipe organ sounds and nuances available. The organist can select from dozens of various sounds, including full orchestral. Johnson, master of the keyboard, will utilize many of those sounds to create a concert that is sure to have entertainment value for everyone.
Johnson earned degrees in organ performance, choral conducting and music administration from Ohio State University and from the University of Denver. In 1994 he moved from Denver to Camdenton with his wife, Pat, after a 34-year career with the Denver Public Schools. He served as music director and conductor of the Broadway musical productions at Camdenton High School for 10 years, and was music director for two Lake Area Performing Arts Guild musicals. He currently is the music director and organist at Saint George Episcopal Church in Camdenton.
Johnson has served as a Lake Arts Council Board member since 2011. “We’re delighted that Bob has consented to provide the community with what promises to be a very entertaining and high quality performance,” LAC President Julie Lentz said. “We know he’s planning to leave the area soon, and we want this to be a memorable event. He keeps us in stitches at the Board meetings, and I know the audience will totally enjoy this concert, designed by Bob to enrich the arts in our community. All proceeds will be used to further our ongoing educational and entertainment art programs.”