Music of the Night

Jay Spencer has been playing the Palace Theatre’s mighty Kilgen pipe organ since the early ’90s — and it still gives him tingles. When he begins playing, filling the ornate theater with vibrant sound, and the organ begins rising from the Palace orchestra pit, “it’s just an amazing feeling,” Spencer said.

Flute for the soul

For Dianne Williams, flutist extraordinaire, music boils down to one thing: “I am all about a melody,” she says. “I have played countless performances throughout my career and my education, and when I play the hardest pieces out there, people are like, ‘Good job.’