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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Vinings - Revisited...
We’re really not sure what kind of weather to expect a couple of weeks from now, but we’re hoping that we won’t have a repeat of what happened in early December – a prolific snowfall which prompted the cancellation of our Christmas gathering.
While the fruitcake and tree-shaped cookies have long been consumed, the musical treasures still await as we return to the heart of Vinings once more to spend time with Rick McGee and his spectacular five-manual Allen TO-5Q theatre organ on Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m.
As in years past, the program will feature “The Best of the Best” being an open console affair, with a chance for all who wish to play this magnificent instrument. So get ready for a second helping of Christmas as we gather a little late for our annual tradition and maybe even dust off a holiday tune or two!
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Remembering Wanda Carey Fields...
ATOS Atlanta remembers long-time Chapter Member and legendary area organist Wanda Carey Fields who passed away January 25. Remembrances will be featured in the March edition of our newsletter.