Theatre Organist Jelani Eddington, one of the most prominent and sought-after theatre organ concert artists in the world, headlined the 2015 holiday concert featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer, held in the Music Hall Ballroom on December 10. The concert also featured Cincinnati Opera Young Artist Tyler Alessi and a special performance by the Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.
Jelani Eddington, grew up in a musical family and began studying classical piano when he was four years old. His interest in theatre pipe organs began when he was eight. His training and hard work earned him the American Theatre Organ Society's Young Theatre Organist Competition when he was 13. Then, in 2001, Mr. Eddington was named ATOS Theatre Organist of the Year - the youngest-ever recipient of the honor. He tours and performs internationally and has over 30 theatre organ albums to his credit.
In addition to his amazing music career, Mr. Eddington graduated Magna Cum Laude from Indiana University, and earned a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School.
Joining Mr. Eddington for the holiday program was baritone Tyler Alessi, a Doctoral student in Voice Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Mr. Alessi has performed roles in several Cincinnati Opera productions, Including The Magic Flute, Eugene Onegin, and Rigoletto. He also has sung as part of the Opera Fusion New Works collaboration between the Cincinnati Opera and CCM.
For the third year, talented young dancers from the Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy performed highlights from The Nutcracker. The Wurlitzer audience loves these talented young dancers! The Academy inspires a love of dance in students as well as excellence in technical and artistic training, and is considered one of the finest programs in the nation.
Not all Albee Mighty Wurlitzer performances are on stage. Ron Wehmeier is the pipe organ technician who refurbished and maintains the organ. He also attends all concerts and graciously offers to See photos and read about his work and the installation in Music Hall.
Photographs provided by Philip Groshong
Philip Groshong Photography.