Donna Parker will play the Mighty Wurlitzer in “Pipes from the Past” at the Coleman Theatre at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
She describes her two-hour concert as being “varied.”
The music includes classical pieces as well as pieces by the Beatles and from Broadway.
“There should be something for everyone,” she said with a laugh.
Although she began playing the organ at the age of 7, Parker was 10 years old when she first heard a pipe organ and “fell in love.” She lived in Los Angeles at the time.
“There were lots of pipe organs around which made it easy for me to learn how to play,” she said.
She now lives in Portland, Ore., and serves as music director and organist at Piedmont Presbyterian Church as well as associate organist at First United Methodist Church in Portland. She provides professional keyboard instruction in the Portland area and is a consultant to the Allen Organ Company, developing music education programs.
In 1996, she was named “organist of the year” by the American Theatre Organ Society.
Unlike stage actors or singers, an organist usually has their back to the audience when they perform.
“I usually face the audience and give some details of my history and relationship with the organ,” Parker said. “I take the time to explain the different pieces of music. I think the audience enjoys it.”
Parker recently completed a six-week tour of Australia and New Zealand.
“I was most pleased when I would meet someone after a concert and, when I would ask them how they were they would say, ‘I am entertained,” Parker said.
This weekend is Parker's first time in this part of the country although her grandmother is a native of Norman.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8 for students, 18 and younger.
Those who attend tonight's performance of “Radio Days” by Five by Design and show their ticket stub may purchase the organ concert ticket at half price.