Concert Series

Grand Ledge Opera House * General Seating * 2018 - 2019

Lansing Theatre Organ Presents the 24th Riverside Pops Season:

Great Music in a Grand Setting!

SILENT MOVIE: "THE LODGER: A Story of the London Fog" (1927)
Andrew Rogers, Organist
Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 3:00 p.m.

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog is a 1927 British silent film directed by famed director Alfred Hitchcock, in which he makes his first cameo appearance. When a landlady (Marie Ault) and her husband (Arthur Chesney) take in a new lodger (Ivor Novello), they're overjoyed: He's quiet, humble and pays a month's rent in advance. But his mysterious and suspicious behavior soon has them wondering if he's the killer terrorizing local blond girls. Their daughter, Daisy (June), a cocky model, is far less concerned, her attraction obvious. Her police-detective boyfriend (Malcolm Keen), in a pique of jealousy, seeks to uncover the lodger's true identity. Based on a book of the same name, the film is loosely based on the story of Jack The Ripper. Andrew Rogers is a resident of Fenton. He began musical studies on the accordion at age seven, winning local and national competitions, and later appeared in the orchestra of Broadway productions while attending Michigan State University. After making the switch to the organ, he concurrently studied theatre organ stylings with the late Fr. Jim Miller and classical organ with Dr. Marilyn Mason at the University of Michigan. Currently, he is on the organ playing staff of the Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor. His worldwide performances have brought rave reviews, and we welcome Andrew for his fourth performance for Riverside Pops!

Scott Smith, Organist
Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 3:00 p.m.

If the defining moment of the 20th century was World War II, the same could be said of it's music. It began as an era of unforgettable swing and big band music. As it ended, crooners and vocal pop took center stage. At the same time, music on the stage and the screen embraced new sounds, new rhythms and new ideas. It was an era of transition in many ways, and included influences of jazz and country, as well. The entire decade will be examined in this concert devoted entirely to the music of the Fabulous Forties! Don't miss it! Scott Smith is a native and lifelong resident of Lansing. During his teens, he performed regularly on the Barton organ at the Michigan Theatre in downtown Lansing as its last House Organist, from 1972 to 1980. Scott was responsible for the organ's redesign for the Opera House, and oversaw the installation and tonal finishing. He was one of the original incorporators of Lansing Theatre Organ, and has served as the organization's President since it's inception. In addition to concertizing and accompanying silent films, he also lectures about the pipe organ and his writings can be found on the pages of numerous pipe organ journals. He is also the owner of Scott Smith Pipe Organs, a full-service pipe organ business that services, builds and restores both theatre and church/classical pipe organs.

Justin Lavoie, Organist
Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 3:00 p.m.

The works of American composer and pianist George Gershwin stand the test of time. Tunes like Swanee, Embraceable You, Lady Be Good and Summertime remain audience favorites, still popular as ever eighty years after his passing. Join us as we celebrate the 120th anniversary of his birth, with a program devoted entirely to the works of Gershwin; this season's offering in our Art of the Composer series. Twenty-three year old Justin LaVoie possesses a steadfast dedication to the theatre organ art form. Upon hearing a theatre organ recording at the age of six, this Detroit-area native was instantly captivated by the instrument’s distinctive sound. Beginning in 2008, Justin attended several seminars conducted by the American Theatre Organ Society, deepening his knowledge of both the musical and mechanical aspects of the pipe organ. In recognition of his diligence as an organ student, he was named ATOS Student of the Year in 2010. At the 2013 ATOS National Convention in Atlanta, Justin won the ATOS Young Theatre Organist Competition, achieving the prestigious title of Overall Winner. Away from the console, he enjoys cooking, poetry, spending time outdoors, listening to a wide variety of music, maintaining his extensive collection of early 20th century box cameras, and restoring his personal Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ, which was originally installed in the Punch & Judy Theatre in Grosse Pointe. Welcome back, Justin!

All events take place at the Grand Ledge Opera House, 121 S. Bridge St. (M-100), Grand Ledge, MI. All programs/artists subject to change.
Doors open one hour in advance of performance time.


Individual tickets $12 in advance from LTO Box Office or Grand Ledge Opera House office, and $15 at the door, day of performance. Season tickets available ONLY from LTO box office, and are $30 for one ticket for each performance OR take advantage of our Mix 'N Match program, where you can pay the same $30 for three tickets in any combination of performances. SPECIAL SEASON TICKET OFFER! BUY ONE SEASON TICKET, GET ONE FREE!! (Not to be used in conjunction with any other promotional ticket offer for the 2018 - 2019 Riverside Pops series).

Tickets can be purchased in advance from the following venues:

Lansing Theatre Organ, Inc.
P. O. Box 26154
Lansing, MI 48909
* Cash, money order, checks only. NO credit cards. *

Grand Ledge Opera House Office (rear of building)
121 South Bridge Street, @ River Street
Grand Ledge, MI 48837
* Cash, money order, checks, credit cards *

Ticket orders received one week or less from the day of performance will be held at the LTO box office and available as a will call.


Scott Smith, Organist
Saturdays throughout the Christmas season - 12:00 Noon - 5:00 p.m.
(call ahead to confirm)
Mole Hole of Marshall, 150 W. Michigan Avenue, Marshall (269-781-5923)
This is Scott's 30th year as organist at the Mole Hole!