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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"The Wave" Premiere is a Smashing Success...
You have "Mighty Mo" at the Atlanta Fox Theatre, "Big Bertha" at the Alabama Theatre in Birmingham, and now, say hello to "The Wave" - the Allen GW-IV theatre organ installed at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in Columbus, Georgia!
The instrument made its debut Saturday night, October 2 in a wonderful variety/music concert featuring Ken Double at the organ and concert piano soloist Lindsay Garritson at the Steinway grand. Read more about the program in the November edition of the newsletter.
John McCall will be playing a holiday concert December 4th in Legacy Hall of RiverCenter, and Ron Carter will also be presenting silent films there, the first of those to-be-announced soon. Soon the citizens and concert audience in Columbus will begin to find out what we know – The Wave will wash over them with the glorious sounds of the theatre organ. We look forward to a lot of wonderful events in our great partnership with RiverCenter.
Back to School...
Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, that is...for our November program. It's our first event at SHS in nearly two years!
John McCall and Larry Davis will reprise their ever-popular organ and piano duo on the Grande Page theatre pipe organ and a Baldwin grand piano with a very special Chapter connection. Join us on Sunday, November 21 at 3 p.m.!