Hot August Pipes: Fancy footworks to be on display

Staff report

David H. Brock will showcase some fancy footwork at the 15th annual Hot August Pipes performance.
Courtesy Joy Strotz |

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The 15th annual Hot August Pipes will kick off next Tuesday in Incline Village.

For this year’s theme, organist David H. Brock has chosen “Fancy Footworks,” inspired by three different compositions with virtuoso pedal work.

The opening act is J.S. Bach’s “Toccata in F, BWV 540.” This grand composition is an interleaved combination of a pedal solo work, an organ concerto and a trio sonata.

Musical historian Hermann Keller summarizes this composition: “…what a wealth of rhythmic formations … what a symmetry among the individual sections, themselves; and how ingeniously used here, for the first time in music history…”

Next on the program is “Homage a Frescobaldi,” by blind French composer and organist Jean Langlais, which concludes with the pedal solo “Epilogue.”

Brock also will present an original organ transcription of Scott Joplin’s “Weeping WWow Rag,” and a tribute to the late, great jazz artist, Dave Brubeck.

The program concludes with the “Fast and Sinister” movement from Leo Sowerby’s Symphony for Organ. Sowerby shows his love of jazz, and his expert compositional and pedal technique in this rarely performed, pull-out-all-the-stops, tour-de-organ finale.

The first concert is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 341 Village Blvd., in Incline Village.

A special soiree event will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, with music at 7 p.m. at a private residence in Stateline, on the South Shore. Tickets for this event are $55, advance reservations only, and are available at

The second concert is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 200 Island Ave., in Reno.

Concert tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 in advance at

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