Hector Olivera Concert

Hector Olivera, world-renowned organist, will appear in concert Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. in Hudson Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center, Willamette University.

A pre-concert reception is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the music center lobby just outside Hudson Hall. A $25 per ticket donation, for the reception and concert, will help endow a music department fund for the purchase and repair of pianos. Tickets are available at the music department and at the ticket window in the Music Center. To charge tickets or for more information, call 503-370-6255 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Olivera, known for his wit and joyful performing style, has performed for sold-out audiences in Carnegie Hall, Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and London's Royal Albert Hall.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Olivera started playing the organ at age six. When he was nine, the Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra performed a suite he had composed for oboe and string orchestra. At 12, he entered the University of Buenos Aires and by 18 he had performed some 300 concerts in Latin America.

A stand-out at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, Olivera has performed worldwide and has been described by critics as "one of the most gifted artists now before the public."