Georgetown, KY – Andre van Vliet, the Official Concert Organist of Johannus, will give a free performance of classical works on one of the famed Dutch company’s unique instruments at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday (July 10) in John L. Hill Chapel.
Dr. Daniel “Danny” Tilford ’59, met van Vliet, a native of the Netherlands, when he traveled to Holland in 2006 to have Georgetown College’s Johannus organ – made to his specifications. The precious instrument van Vliet will play is comprised of two parts – a CavaillÈ Coll and a Van Rhijn Baroque organ.
Named the Osborne-Tilford Family Organ (because the money for the organ was bequeathed by Mrs. Mildred Osborne and an anonymous alumnus), it was installed in Hill Chapel in October 2007. The Stephen Tilford Memorial Concert Series during the 2009 fall semester marked the fulfillment of the dreams of two generations of Music professors at Georgetown College – father Daniel Tilford and his late son, Stephen.
Danny Tilford said he was thrilled that an official representative of the Ede, Holland company will be here to delight central Kentucky music patrons. Mr. van Vliet was in the U.S. to attend the American Guild of Organists National Convention in Nashville (July 1-6).