Concert Series


Grand Ledge Opera House * General Seating * 2019 - 2020

Lansing Theatre Organ Presents the 25th Riverside Pops Season:

The Best Of The Best!
A Quarter Century of Great Music


SILENT MOVIE: "NOSFERATU, A Symphony Of Horror!" (1922)
Scott Smith, Organist
Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 3:00 p.m.

Nosferatu is a German Expressionist horror film, directed by the legendary F. W. Murnau. The film was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's "Dracula," with names and other details changed because the studio could not obtain the rights to the novel. Stoker's widow was not amused, and sued for copyright infringement in 1925. Murnau lost the lawsuit and all prints of the film were ordered to be destroyed, but bootleg prints survived and it was released in the U.S. in 1929. Since being rediscovered in the 1970s, the film has developed a strong cult status, and Riverside Pops presents it during the Halloween season for maximum effect! Organist Scott Smith is a native and lifelong resident of Lansing, where he studied both theatre and classical organ during his formative years. Beginning as a teenager, he performed regularly on the Barton organ at the Michigan Theatre in downtown Lansing as its last House Organist, from 1972 to 1980. When the organ's new home was secured at the Grand Ledge Opera House, Scott became House Organist, beginning in 1995. He was responsible for the organ's redesign and oversaw the installation and tonal finishing. In addition to concertizing and accompanying silent films, he also lectures about various aspects of pipe organ history and his writings can be found on the pages of numerous professional pipe organ journals. He is also the owner of Scott Smith Pipe Organs, LLC, a full-service pipe organ business that services and restores both theatre and church/classical pipe organs.

THE BEST OF BROADWAY!
Stephen Warner, Organist
Rose Randall Warner, Vocalist
Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 3:00 p.m.

Husband and wife team Rose and Stephen Warner will present a program featuring the music of Broadway and beyond in this season's offering from our ongoing Art of the Composer series. Stephen Warner is a staff organist for the Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor where he regularly performs intermissions and accompanies silent films. He began studying piano at age seven in a home where he was surrounded by dozens of phonographs and a giant record collection. That, and the promise of a theatre organ soon to arrive to a local musical instruments museum was enough to hook him for life! Steve is Music Director/Organist for Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church in Detroit where he plays one of the nation's most historic E. M. Skinner organs. He is also owner/operator of Stephen J. Warner & Associates, a full-service pipe organ firm. Steve lives in Southfield with wife, Rose Randall Warner, who has spent the last 30+ years working in the performing arts both on and offstage. After many years of being on the stage and concertizing she has stepped behind the lights to work with adults and kids to develop the performers of tomorrow. Today, she is teaching voice in an ever-expanding home studio as well as teaching music to pre-schoolers in a local Montessori school. For over a decade, Rose has been Vocal Director for Sky’s the Limit Productions. This youth theater group runs the Novi Civic Theater program as well as being the in-house youth theater at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield.

SWINGING DOWN THE LANE!
Clark Wilson, Organist
Sunday, May 3, 2020- 3:00 p.m.

One of our most popular offerings over the years was a tribute to popular composer Burton Lane in 2012, and we offer this repeat performance to cap our 25th season. Lane's most popular and successful works include "Finian's Rainbow" (1947) and "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever" (1965). He is also credited with discovering the remarkably talented Judy Garland when she was no more than thirteen years old. His best-known songs include Old Devil Moon, How Are Things In Glocca Morra?, Too Late Now, How About You?, Everything I Have Is Yours, I Hear Music and the title song from "On A Clear Day." A native of Ohio, Clark Wilson began his musical training at age nine. While growing up, he accompanied numerous stage musicals and was organist at several churches. Following several years with the Schantz Organ Company, Wilson began a professional playing career on the staffs of numerous pipe-organ equipped restaurants. He is associated with Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa, Arizona, where he is on the organ staff as well as having assisted with the planning and installation of the world’s largest Wurlitzer organ. He has concertized and accompanied silent films extensively in the United States, Canada, Australia, and England. Along with a busy concert and silent film accompaniment schedule, Wilson operates his own pipe organ business. He has received both the Technician of the Year and Organist of the Year awards from the American Theatre Organ Society, the only person to have ever done so.

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.

Tickets:

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
517-882-5115
* 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
517-627-1443
* 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.

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CHRISTMAS SHOPPING SEASON 2019
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)