Organist performs Sunday |

Organist performs Sunday

Lawrence Strohm
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Don’t expect to hear a sermon Sunday afternoon at Emmanuel Episcopal Church.

Instead, Bach, Mozart, Schumann and other classical composers’ works will be heard at 4 p.m., when organist Lawrence Tudor Strohm performs solo.

Strohm is a former organist for the First Christian Science Church in Grass Valley and a former assistant organist at Grace Cathedral Church in San Francisco.

Currently working on a master’s degree in organ performance at the University of Southern California, Strohm performs weekly as an organist throughout California and Nevada.

Strohm, 27, majored in engineering at Sierra College before attending the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., from 1994 to 1999.

After graduating from Eastman, Strohm “wanted to get away from the organ,” so he applied for a position as a linguistic consultant with the U.S. Department of Defense in Kosovo.

“My mom’s side is Croatian. I jumped at the opportunity and thought I might want to pursue linguistic arts,” said Strohm, who was in Kosovo from fall 1999 to January 2000.

Strohm missed the organ while he was overseas. When Strohm returned to California, he built and serviced organs in Sacramento and the Bay Area and started playing again.

His grandparents, Charlie and Jeanne Strohm, live in Grass Valley.

A reception follows Sunday’s concert.

Admission is $12.50 at the church at 235 S. Church St., Grass Valley.

Call 274-7649 or 273-7876 for more information.

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