Why we LOVE the theatre pipe organ...
"Mighty Mo" at Atlanta's Fox Theatre
The one-man band. A thrilling sound that sends chills down your spine. Mighty theatre organs are some of the most versatile musical instruments. Designed to accompany the silent films of the 1920s, they can effectively play a myriad of music styles. From Gershwin to Sousa and Stravinsky to the Beatles, there's almost nothing they can't tackle. And nothing is better for accompanying Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, Harold Lloyd, or the other greats of silent cinema!
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All the bells and whistles...
These instruments were only made, with few exceptions, in the 1920s. Since that time, enthusiasts have flatly refused to let the theatre organ leave the limelight. George Wright sold millions of "HiFi" records in the 1950s that ignited a new generation of theatre organ fans, and the American Theatre Organ Society has nourished a continued commitment towards presenting great organists on great organs, hosting educational camps and programs, and offering a unique network of individuals passionate about the many aspects of the theatre organ: musical, technical, and more!
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Hammorama Returns February 24th...
After two years, the ever-popular Hammorama is back…and at a new location! It’s one of our most anticipated programs of the year, and we’re excited to be welcomed by Emory University for this very unique event featuring a stellar lineup of talent.
ATOS Atlanta member Randy Elkins wears many hats, including those of Director of Music and Organist at Virginia-Highland Church and Chapel Organist at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. It was the latter which opened the door for discussion regarding a program centered around a most unique find on the Emory campus – a pristine vintage Hammond C3 organ in the magnificent Cannon Chapel. Who would have ever guessed?!?
In addition to some of our favorite Hammorama performers, we’re delighted to showcase students from the Candler School of Theology in the program. Performers include organists and pianists Erica DeLoney and Marcus Larivaux, and guitarist/bassist Chuck Beatie. Ayisha “Lady Joi” Shields, Director of the Candler Gospel Choir, will be a featured vocalist. They will perform songs from Duke Ellington and many others.
For important parking information and maps, please view the February newsletter. To keep track of all future events, be sure to check out our events page.
Remembering Wanda Carey Fields...
ATOS Atlanta remembers long-time Chapter Member and legendary area organist Wanda Carey Fields who passed away January 25. See the February newsletter for memorial details. Remembrances will be featured in the March edition.