It's a concert designed to change listeners' minds about organ music.
On Aug. 9, renowned musician Dan Miller will present an organ concert at the Messiah Lutheran Church on Skidaway Island.
A pianist, harpsichordist and keyboardist as well as an organist, he is looking forward to returning to Savannah.
"I played at Skidaway in 2004," Miller says. "I love Savannah and am looking forward to returning.
"I played Messiah Lutheran and I'm looking forward to going back. The church members, the church staff and the people in the community are really wonderful."
Today, Miller is the product manager of Rodgers Instruments Corp., one of the world's leading organ builders.
As such, he is an adviser and consultant in building grand pipe organs.
It's another step in a life dedicated to music.
"My mother played the piano," Miller says. "I suppose I got my talent from her.
"I was always playing the piano. I grew up with music. I played at church, with all the church choirs and choirs at school."
IF YOU GO
What: Organ concert with Dan Miller
When: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9
Where: Messiah Lutheran Church, 1 W. Ridge Road, Skidaway Island
Cost: Free, but contributions to defray costs will be accepted
Info: Call 912-598-1188 between 2-5 p.m.
In high school, Miller realized he wanted to be a professional musician.
"I figured that music is my thing and I would like to make that a full-time career," he says.
"At that point, I didn't know what that would look like. I thought maybe I'd teach in college and play in church."
But then Miller was invited to interview as a full-time church music minister in Pompano Beach, Fla.
He realized he could create music and make a living at the same time.
A composer as well as a performer, Miller has extensive knowledge of computer music technology.
"There are various computer programs to help the musician compose and to notate the music so it looks like printed music," he says. "That way, other musicians don't have to decipher your scratchings.
"That includes creating music from the computer, as well," Miller says.
"As computer programs developed for musicians, I was right there and eager. Now I have several pieces that are published."
Listeners at the upcoming concert should expect the unexpected.
"A typical recital is more academic, and the organist plays the music of dead people," Miller says.
"This will be music for the people. It has some interesting characterics about it.
"I usually talk before playing each piece so they can understand each piece they hear.
"I will do some classical pieces, but they'll be more familiar to the average listener," he says. "I'll do some good old country church music and some good old favorite music from yesterday."
Miller also will play a medley from "Phantom of the Opera."
"That is music typically not heard on an organ or in church services," he says. "But an organ can provide all that music in an entertaining way."
During his career, Miller has recorded 22 CDs.
"I enjoy recording and composing, but performing is my favorite, where I can bring music to the people and influence them and touch their lives," he says.
Throughout his career, Miller has had some extraordinary experiences, including playing the world's largest operating pipe organ at Macy's in Philadelphia.
"It used to be called the Wanamaker department store and the organ is still referred to as the Wanamaker organ," he says.
"That organ has 33,000 pipes. I've played there three times already, and it's wonderful."
He has done some international touring that enabled him to visit historic organs used by some famous composers, including J.S. Bach.
"I would like do the same in Paris for some of the French composers," he says. "I haven't done it yet, but it's on my bucket list."
Perhaps the highlight for Miller has been composing the music for his daughters' weddings.
"My wife and I have two daughters," he says. "When they were young, I promised that I would write the music for their weddings.
"Experiencing that, writing the music, was a great highlight," Miller says. "The ability to do that as their father was wonderful."