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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Students "Encounter" the Page...
Stephenson High School and its Grande Page organ recently played host to over 20 students from 12 different states as part of the Atlanta AGO's Pipe Organ Encounter 2016. The students, ranging in age from 13 to 18, gathered in Atlanta for a week of study, practice, performance, and fun with the king of instruments. Before the first drawknob was pulled, however, students got to touch the tabs of the 4/22 Grande Page theatre pipe organ. Read more about their visit in the August newsletter.
Reunited at the Fox Theatre...
Photo by Rick McGee
After many years of safe storage in the depths of the Atlanta Fox Theatre, the venerable Howard Seat was recently placed back on the console lift and reunited with "Mighty Mo" just in time for the 2016 Summer Film Festival. The Howard "Wonder" Seat was invented in the heyday of silent cinema to provide a more comfortable and flexible alternative to the traditional stationary organ bench, as organists would spend hours on end sitting at the console accompanying films. Want to see the Howard seat and hear the magnificent 4/42 Möller Deluxe organ in action? Catch organists Ken Double and Rick McGee prior to each film of the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival. The series runs through August 27, during select afternoons and evenings. Click here for more information.