Theatre Organ Society of San Diego Events

Program Series for 2018

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 Trinity Facilities • 3902 Kenwood Drive • Spring Valley, CA 91977

NOTE: All Chapter Events and Program Series subject to change without notice – however, we will do our best to inform all ticket holders and members of any foreseeable changes in venue and/or scheduling well in advance of the event date.

There are no advance ticket sales.  Tickets sold at the door on event date.  Box Office opens one hour prior to event time.

                    Russ Peck in Accompaniment                               Saturday February 24, 2018 6PM                                   The Mark of Zorro 

Russ Peck is a Theatre Organ Society of San Diego 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. 

The Mark of Zorro stars Douglas Fairbanks (Sr.) in the role that defined super heroes who cloak their identity, and cemented Fairbanks’ image as a swashbuckling action character. The film was produced by Fairbanks for his own production company, Douglas Fairbanks Pictures Corporation, and was the first film released through United Artists, the company formed by Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and D. W. Griffith.  Also starring in the film is Noah Beery Sr. 

Noah Beery, Jr. makes his first of many dozens of screen appearances spanning six decades. He portrayed a young child in this film; his father began billing himself as Noah Beery, Sr. as a result. 

Please join us, and bring friends and family as we begin our 2018 season with this great film, and accurate accompaniment by our own Russ Peck on the Mighty Wurlitzer.  The box office will open at 5PM along with the arrival of our friends from the Antique Automobile Club of America with their beautiful vintage cars on display for your viewing pleasure. 

           Adam Aceto in Accompaniment                              Saturday, March 24, 2018  6PM                                      Steamboat Bill, Jr itle

                                  We are delighted to present Adam Aceto accompanying the 1928 silent comedy film Steamboat Bill, Jr.  Adam Aceto is also a nationally renowned musicologist and conductor who is one of the nation’s premier specialists on the authentic sound of early Broadway music. He has rediscovered and restored nearly 100 American musical stage works spanning 1890 to 1930 with more than 40 complete titles by Victor Herbert alone. 

Since 2010, Adam has proudly served as the staff organist at the historic Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara. Award-winning for his film scores, he is the resident organist for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and extemporaneously accompanies several silent movies each year. He is a registered artist of the American Theatre Organ Society.  

Steamboat Bill, Jr. is a comedy film which also showcases several of Keaton’s trademark stunts.  Following through on a promise to his mother, William Canning Jr. (Keaton) goes to River Junction to meet his father who has not seen him since he was a child. The younger Canning isn't quite what the elder was expecting but the old man has bigger problems. He's being put out of business by J.J. King, who not only owns the local hotel and bank, but has recently introduced a new paddle wheel steamer that puts Canning’s older boat, the Stonewall Jackson, to shame.  

Bill Jr. and JJ’s daughter Kitty King take a liking to each other much to the dismay of both of their fathers. When a fierce storm hits River Junction, Bill Jr. is forced to try to save Kitty, her father and his father. 

It is believed that the film inspired the title of Walt Disney's Steamboat Willie (1928), which was released six months later and is considered the debut of Mickey Mouse. 

Please join us for this marvelous comedy accompanied by Adam Aceto on our Wurlitzer, as it was done when the film debuted.  The box office will open at 5PM along with the arrival of our friends from the Antique Automobile Club of America with their beautiful vintage vehicles, and the show will start at 6PM.





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Open Console Dates

Open Console is the opportunity for TOSSD members to personally play our Mighty 4/24 Wurlitzer Theatre Organ. Each member must reserve a one-hour time slot starting at 10AM by request with an email to the chapter address, or a telephone call. Open Console opportunities are generally the last Saturday of each month, but scheduling issues vary the date from time to time.

If you are a member of another Chapter and are visiting or planning a visit in the area, please give us a call and we will try to make arrangements for you to try our Mighty Wurlitzer while you are in town. 

Open console dates for 2018 are:

January 21st (Sunday Members Meeting)

February 24th

March 31st

April 28th

May 19th

June 23rd

July 28th

August 25th

September 22nd

 October 27th

November 17th

December 22nd

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