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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Nicholas Renkosik Makes His Atlanta Debut...
If there were ever a champion for young artists in ATOS, it would have been Bucky Reddish. Bucky brought in some of the most talented performers for the Atlanta Chapter…long before their names were well known among the theatre organ community. David Gray, Donnie Rankin, Mark Herman, Nathan Avakian, and Justin LaVoie are just a few of the names to concertize on the legendary Walker organ over the many years.
Following in the same tradition, Ted Barnett welcomes Nicholas Renkosik to the famous Walker RTO-335 theatre organ for our monthly meeting on Sunday, October 15 at 3 p.m. Nicholas was a finalist in the 2017 ATOS Young Theatre Organist Competition in Tampa, Florida, and is another name that you’ll be hearing more and more of in the years to come.
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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.