Internationally Acclaimed Organist Performs at MCC

(Bradenton, Fla., Jan. 8, 2008) - Hector Olivera, recognized as one of the world's finest organists, will play Manatee Community College's (MCC) own handcrafted pipe organ in a concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 25, in Neel Performing Arts Center, located off 26th Street at 60th Avenue West, MCC Bradenton. Olivera also will play his own electronic organ.

Olivera is returning to the MCC stage for the third time and once again is making a financial as well as artistic contribution to the college. Funds from a September 2000 sold-out concert benefited the college's Music Program. The upcoming concert will benefit a new Music and Theatre Building now under construction at MCC Bradenton. General admission is $25. Reserved seating ticket sales begin Feb. 5. The Box Office will be closed March 7th through 16th for the college's Spring Break.

The Argentina-born organist began playing at age 3. In a concert career that spans decades, he is known for attracting the largest audience ever to an organ concert in Carnegie Hall. Rave reviews attest to his abilities as a showman as well as a virtuoso. A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reviewer called him "one of the most gifted artists now before the public."

The renowned organist also will conduct a master class, which is open to the public, from 1 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, in Neel. Admission is $10. There is no charge for MCC students and staff attending the class.

For more information about the concert, call the Neel Box Office at (941) 752-5252. For more information about Olivera, visit

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