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We begin our 2017 series with Russ Peck at the Mighty Wurlitzer accompanying the 1927 Paramount Pictures classic silent film, Wings. The film stars Clara Bow, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, and Richard Arlen. Gary Cooper appears in a role in the film which helped launch his career in Hollywood.
Please note we are starting this show earlier than regular shows….this classic film is a full-length feature and we want everyone to enjoy it without making the evening too late for our guests.
Wings is the winner of the first Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Engineering Effects at the inaugural Academy Awards in 1929. Set in WWI, this romantic action war picture is filled with drama and thrilling action, and set the bar for future aviation films. Over 300 pilots were involved in filming the aerial scenes and the process caused production of the film to be delayed beyond normal films at the time.
Russ Peck, is a Theatre Organ Society member and home town favorite. In addition to his skill as a theatre organist and percussionist, he is also valued member of TOSSD's organ crew, keeping the Wurlitzer maintained to peak performance.
Russ specializes in developing and performing musical scores for accompanying silent films along with performing lively concerts.
He is the Resident Organist for San Diego’s Balboa Theater and performs with the San Diego Symphony for their silent film programs. He also accompanies silent films and is frequently a guest artist for the weekly Sunday concerts at the Spreckles Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park.
We invite you to bring family and friends to view this cinematic treasure as it was shown when first viewed in 1927 with authentic accompaniment by our very own skilled chapter member..
We are pleased to announce the return of Rosemary Bailey to the bench of our Mighty Wurlitzer. Ms. Bailey has enjoyed a career as a touring artist which started for her at age nine. Her electronic organ tours took her to various countries including Canada, South Africa, Australia, Italy, Spain, England, Holland, Denmark, Portugal, Germany and Japan. She continues touring playing electronic and theatre pipe organs. She is currently a demonstration artist for Lowrey Organs and is a skilled musical arranger. Her impressive theatre organ resume includes performing in some of the most prestigious theaters in the country: the Chicago Theater (Chicago, IL.), Rialto Theater (Joliet, IL.), Senate Theater (Detroit, MI.), Orpheum Theater (Los Angeles, CA.), Paramount Theater (Oakland, CA.) and the Nethercutt Collection (Sylmar, CA.), Rosemary is a member of TOSSD and a San Diego resident.
David Marsh is a name not yet well known in the theatre organ world nationally, but we believe that will change. In 2016 David became the president of the Orange County Theatre Organ Society (OCTOS) at the age of 20. He is a skilled organist at both electronic and pipe instruments, and very dedicated to his art form and the theatre organ. David is Director of Music Technology at Villa Park High School and the Director of Worship and Organist for St. John’s Lutheran Church in El Segundo, California. In addition, he teaches organ and piano in the Southern California area. We are excited to introduce our members and friends to the face of the future of theatre organists!
We are pleased that these two performers have agreed to work together to arrange an enjoyable program, and display each of their considerable talent for what promises to be a very special afternoon on the Mighty Wurlitzer!
Bill Campbell on the Mighty Wurlitzer 4/24
Saturday April 8, 2017 6PM
We continue our 2017 film series with Bill Campbell at the Mighty Wurlitzer accompanying the Laurel and Hardy short, Putting Pants on Philip and the Buster Keaton short, The Scarecrow. The program will also feature mini-concerts of theatre organ music.
Bill Campbell has been the artist at Paramount Iceland Skating Rink in Paramount, CA since 2012. He is a member of the Los Angeles Theatre Organ Society, the Orange County Theatre Organ Society, and TOSSD. Bill is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has been playing theatre organs like the Mighty Wurlitzer installed at the Paramount Iceland since high school. He was the organist at the Avalon Theatre in Milwaukee for about 25 years. He has played many concerts for the American Theater Organ Society.
Bill plays a great variety of music for open skating sessions. His selections include music from Disney, Broadway plays and Hollywood movies, classic music from groups like the Beatles, selections from the American Song book by composers such as Gershwin, Porter and Berlin, along with an eclectic selection of music from the 1920’s that you may have heard when these Mighty Wurlitzers organs were in theaters across the United States.
The Scarecrow is a 1920 short comedy film starring comedian Buster Keaton. It was written and directed by Keaton and Edward F. Cline. One of the more memorable scenes of the film is the opening, where Buster and Joe Roberts share a small one room house that is filled with many space and labor-saving Rube Goldberg-type devices. Many uncredited actors appear, including a young Mary Astor (The Maltese Falcon) and Keaton’s real father, Joe Keaton, who plays Joe the Farmer.
Putting Pants on Philip is a silent short film starring Laurel and Hardy. Made in 1927, it is viewed as their first "official" film together as a team. Critics note the transformation and evolution of their roles in the team as “Stan and Ollie” began from this movie.
The plot involves Laurel as Philip, a young Scot newly arrived in the United States, in full kilted splendor. Philip is attracted to the ladies and during the film suffers mishaps involving the kilt. Philip’s uncle, the wealthy Piedmont Mumblethunder, played by Hardy, meets him at the docks and, shocked by Philip’s appearance, quickly realizes that the kilt needs to be replaced.
We have asked Bill to include some of his arrangements of popular music in his repertoire as mentioned above to enhance the program experience. In addition, our friends from the Antique Automobile Club of America will join us with a display of their vintage cars.
Please bring your family and friends to this delightful double-short feature and mini-concert and welcome Bill to the bench of our Mighty Wurlitzer! The box office and vehicles will be on-hand at 5PM, with the film and concert starting at 6PM.