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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ATOS Atlanta Chapter Artist Spotlight...
Our September meeting takes us to the historic Plaza Theatre in the heart of Atlanta and features a "potpourri of stars" from the Atlanta Chapter. Ron Carter, John McCall, Larry Davis, and Brady Born will showcase the Mighty Allen organ.
The program begins promptly at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 18, and there's plenty of free parking both in front and behind the Theatre.
RiverCenter Organ Dedication Concert...
In the heart of Columbus, Georgia is a wonderful multi-theatre arts complex known as RiverCenter. There are three theatres under one roof, and now one Allen GW-IV theatre organ ready to be heard in any and all of the different venues.
On Saturday night, October 2 at 7:30 p.m., Ken Double will present the "Opening Night" and "Dedication Concert" for the Mighty Allen organ at the Bill Heard Theatre, the RiverCenter's 2,200-seat "Broadway-style” venue, with special guest Lindsay Garritson at the Steinway concert grand piano.
This event will act as the Chapter Meeting for the month of October, and ATOS Atlanta members can get tickets at NO COST! This is in large part due to our wonderful partnership with Norm Easterbook, Executive Director at RiverCenter (and former chief at the Rylander Theatre, where Norm grew to love the music of the theatre organ). Members, see the current newsletter for additional information on obtaining free admission to the event.
Make your plans for the trip to Columbus, Saturday, October 2 for a special night of great theatre organ music in even greater surroundings!