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 Presents a Walt Strony Weekend...
One of America’s premier concert organists, Walt Strony, makes his way to the Grande Page organ for a weekend of events in September. Learn the tricks of the trade from the master himself at Walt’s workshop – “Everything You Wanted to Know About the Theatre Organ But Were Afraid to Ask” – on Saturday, September 23 from 2 – 5 p.m. at Stephenson High School. Seats are limited for this very special opportunity to join Walt at the console of the magnificent 4/22 Page theatre pipe organ. Whether you want to become a better player or simply a better listener, this one-on-one session will offer a truly unique experience. Seats are quickly disappearing, and you must register in advance for the event.
Then on Sunday, September 24 at 3 p.m., the incomparable Walt Strony will be featured in concert on the Grande Page organ of Stephenson High School. Walt is the only living organist to have been twice voted Organist of the Year by the American Theatre Organ Society – in 1991 and 1993 – and in 2011 he was inducted into the ATOS Hall of Fame. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Click here to register for the workshop or to purchase concert tickets online.
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.