Concert Series

Grand Ledge Opera House * General Seating * 2016 - 2017

Lansing Theatre Organ Presents the 22nd Riverside Pops Season:

Film, Friends & Fun!

Dennis Scott, Organist
Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 3:00 p.m.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a 1921 German silent horror film, directed by Robert Wiene and written by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. Considered the quintessential work of German Expressionist cinema, it tells the story of a crazed hypnotist (Werner Krauss) who uses a sleepwalker (Conrad Veidt) to commit murders. The film features a dark and twisted visual style, with sharp-pointed forms, oblique and curving lines, structures and landscapes that lean and twist in unusual angles, and shadows and streaks of light painted directly onto the sets.

Dennis Scott is an internationally recognized silent film accompanist. He first began accompanying silent films in the 1970s while playing vintage theatre pipe organs installed in pizza parlors in the Midwest and on the West Coast. Currently, he is house organist at Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre, playing weekend intermissions, several themed film festivals, special events, and the award-winning Second Saturday Silent Cinema Series. Since 2007, Dennis has been the official organist for the International Buster Keaton Society and accompanies silent Keaton films every year for their annual convention, held at the Frauenthal Center in Muskegon, where Buster spent much of his childhood. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari marks the first appearance on the Riverside Pops series for this much-in-demand film accompanist Welcome, Dennis!

Justin LaVoie, Organist
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 3:00 p.m.

Twenty-one-year old Justin LaVoie possesses a steadfast dedication to the theatre organ art form. After 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 Summer Youth Adventures, 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, after which he began a period of study with acclaimed theatre organist Jelani Eddington. At the 2013 ATOS National Convention in Atlanta, Justin won the ATOS Young Theatre Organist Competition, achieving the prestigious title of Overall Winner. He currently studies at the University of Oklahoma, pursuing a Bachelor of Music Arts Degree. 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, Justin, for the very first time!

Scott Smith, Organist
Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 3:00 p.m.

Henry Mancini was an American composer, conductor and musical arranger, best remembered for his film and television scores. During the course of his career, he won four Academy Awards, a Golden Globe and twenty Grammy Awards, plus a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. His jazz-inspired works spanned nearly a half-century and include well-known themes from the "The Pink Panther" films and the "Peter Gunn" TV series. Other familiar Mancini tunes include Moon River, Baby Elephant Walk, Days Of Wine And Roses and Le Jazz Hot. Mancini's musical life will be fully explored during this offering in our ongoing Art of the Composer series. 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. Due to illness, Scott was forced to cancel last year's Mancini retrospective, but is determined to make it this time!

(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.)


Tickets $12 in advance from LTO Box Office or Grand Ledge Opera House office, and $15 at the door.
Season tickets available ONLY from LTO box office, and are $40 for one ticket for each performance OR take advantage of our Mix 'N Match program, where you can pay $30 for four tickets in any combination of performances.


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 S. Bridge St., @ River St.
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.


Saturday, December 3 & Sunday, December 4, 2016
Various organists / various times
Grand Ledge Opera House, 121 S. Bridge St. (M-100) @ River St., Grand Ledge

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)