Sunday, October 21, 2007
A RARE GEM
Pictured at top: St. Anne's Church in Fall River, MA.
Pictured at left: Normand Gingras, who turned 80 this summer, but more importantly, has been St. Anne's music director and organist for the past 50 years! The 81-rank pipe case you see as Mr. Gingras' backdrop is the Casavant organ that he oversaw the installation of - in 1964!
Congrats Normand! (BTW, don't expect him to retire anytime soon. Not to mention, he STILL plays like a pro!)
Guys like Normand are rare gems. I knew over my years of only one other organist in my region like him and with his ability, a gentleman named Rene Viau who, at 80, could still play Bach inside-out at the former Notre Dame du Sacre Coeur Church in Central Falls, RI. Mr. Viau lived to be 99.
Full Story on Normand Gingras in SouthCoast Today, RSCT to Domini Sumus.