Famed organist to play in Madera

The Fresno BeeOctober 25, 2013 


COL___ Diane Bish, world-renowned organist who will perform at the First Baptist Church of Madera, November 3, 2013.


A world-renowned organist is coming to the central San Joaquin Valley to help celebrate First Baptist Church of Madera's new Rodgers organ.

Diane Bish, executive producer/star of an international television series, "The Joy of Music," will perform in concert at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 at the church, 1111 W. Yosemite Ave. Bish's show is aired on KNXT (Channel 49.1).

"It's a celebration because we've been gifted with this wonderful instrument," said Darlene Padgett, organist at First Baptist Church of Madera and moderator on the church's board.

Bish visited the Valley in February 2002 to perform a recital at Reedley Mennonite Brethren Church.

She also came to Fresno in October 1991 to perform in concert at then-Evangelical Free Church (now The Bridge Church), opening the season for the San Joaquin Valley chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

In 1991, Hansen Kwok was organist at First Baptist Church of Madera and attended Bish's Fresno concert — an experience he has never forgotten. Kwok, now a medical doctor in Sacramento, made the arrangements for Bish to perform in Madera.

Kwok also bought the Rodgers organ for First Baptist Church of Madera, Padgett says.

Although Bish's concert is free, tickets are required. Seating is limited to about 300 people.

Any donations at the event will benefit the church's ministries. Details: (559) 674-2277 or (714) 318-5449.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6304 or rorozco@fresnobee.com.

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