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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Jay Mitchell Kicks Off 2018 at the Grande Page...
We can’t think of a better start to the New Year than the return of a familiar face to showcase our “pride and joy” instrument! While he hasn’t professionally performed in recent years, Jay Mitchell is no stranger to the theatre organ – having entertained many thousands as house organist at the Alabama and Atlanta Fox Theatres.
Jay has been more focused on the technical side of pipe organs as of late, but we are excited to bring him out of performance “retirement” and reunite him with the Grande Page (in a much different form and setting than he last encountered the instrument in). A wonderful artist and a wonderful instrument will combine for one very special afternoon of music and entertainment at Stephenson High School on January 21, and we look forward to seeing you there!
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AGO Youth Visit the Grande Page...
The 2017 Pipe Organ Encounter, hosted by the Atlanta Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, spent an afternoon touring and playing the 4/22 Grande Page at Stephenson High School recently to kick off their week of technical learning here in the Atlanta area. Photo provided by John Tanner.