Almost any music can be played on an organ. Songs ranging from country and rock and roll to hymns and tunes from musicals can be performed.
"You can adjust pretty much anything so you can play it on an organ," organist Rick Rineer said. "There are Sousa marches that are adapted to the organ and they sound really good. The organ is adaptable to various genres of music."
But just because a song can be played on an organ does not mean it will be, Rineer said. He uses different guildlines when he's choosing what pieces to play during a concert.
"I have two criteria. I want to play music I hope folks will enjoy listening to and I want to play music folks are familiar with," he said. "I think you get more out of an organ concert when you recognize the tune."
He used those criteria to select music for a concert he will give later this month at Little Britain Presbyterian Church.
"I will have selections from The Sound of Music and Phantom of the Opera, Scott Joplin's ragtime piece The Entertainer, as well as popular hymns including Amazing Grace," he said.
The concert will conclude with patriotic songs, including the Armed Forces Medley.
"We ask veterans and active duty personnel to stand during that," he said.
Rineer will perform on the church's 1931 Moller organ. The church has had the organ restored. It was removed in June, 2015, and refurbished by Columbia Organ Works. It was reinstalled in June, 2016, and Rineer gave his first concert on the repaired organ a month later.
His most recent concert at the church was given in July, 2018.
"We had over 100 people attend and some of them have been asking me for months when I'm going to do another one," Rineer said. "People still appreciate organ music."
The concert will be given at the church, 255 Little Britain Church Rd., Peach Bottom, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 27. Light refreshments will be served following the concert.
The public is invited to attend; admission is free.