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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Ron Carter and Friends - The 6th Annual Edition...
Our November program returns to one of our most favorite venues - the Carter Performing Arts Center on November 12. This year the Allen GW-IV with Ron Carter at the console will be featured as a solo instrument and as an accompaniment to vocals, piano, and drums. Featured friends include Travis Cottle, who has his own Marietta pit band that has provided live accompaniment for several Strand stage productions. Travis will be singing and playing piano. Abby Carter and Michael Rossi will perform the latest two James Bond movie themes accompanied by piano and trumpet. Mr. Michael Rossi, Sr. will be providing drum accompaniment, and Mike's twin sister Mel will be featured on clarinet.
Returning for her sixth show will be favorite Catherine Moulton, singing several great selections. To cap off the afternoon, Jake Carter is back by popular demand. This 13-year-old will play a five-song Star Wars medley on the GW-IV theatre organ. As tradition, Donna Carter will provide her sumptuous refreshments after the program, as folks visit with friends and enjoy a beautiful fall afternoon overlooking the lake. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and the program begins at 3 o'clock. For directions or additional information on upcoming events, please check out the events page.
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.