SILENT MOVIE: "DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE" (1920)
Plus! "Dr. Pyckle & Mr. Pride" starring Stan Laurel (1925)
Scott Smith, Organist
Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 3:00 p.m.
This 1920 version of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde is often described by film buffs as the "first American horror film." Matinee idol John Barrymore is featured here at the height of his popularity in a rather expansive performance as the young and idealistic Dr. Henry Jekyll. Exposed to the less respectible side of life for the first time, he returns to his laboratory and concocts a potion that unleashes Edward Hyde, a manifestation of Jekyll's lower instincts. Even his physical being changes as he transforms to his alter ego in this depiction of the good doctor's struggle between his good and evil selves. To balance out the day's dramatic offering is a hilarious one-reel parody of the famous Robert Louis Stevenson story, starring Stan Laurel at his comedic best in Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pride. Scott Smith is a native and lifelong resident of Lansing. 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. 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 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, builds and restores both theatre and church/classical pipe organs.
Featuring silent comedy short "BIG BUSINESS" (1929)
Justin Stahl, Organist
Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 3:00 p.m.
Indiana native Justin Stahl is mostly self-taught in piano and organ. His passion for music has reached many venues that have included accompanying for several choral departments, contributing as his church's music director, playing for community theatre, and serving for over twelve years in the Indiana Army National Guard Band. Past performance venues have included appearances in Birmingham, Detroit, Boston, Joliet and Erie. Most recently, Justin was a featured artist at the 2014 convention of the American Theatre Organ Society in Indianapolis. A graduate of Marian University with a Bachelor's degree in piano performance, he teaches at the Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School where he serves as choral director. His approach and philosophy include the continued promotion of the theatre organ by using a wide base of musical genres. Riverside Pops proudly welcomes Justin for the first time for what promises to be a fun, exciting and eclectic performance!
Ken Double, Organist
Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 3:00 p.m.
Ken Double is a Chicago native who grew up with five brothers in a sports-loving family, but he was more enamored of the play-by-play announcers than the athletes, and as early as age six, was mouthing the words sitting in front of the TV, "practice" broadcasting the games he watched. He parlayed that interest into a degree in Radio-TV from Butler University in Indianapolis, and began a 32-year broadcasting career that included Indiana Pacers NBA and Purdue University basketball, NHL, IHL and AHL hockey, sports anchor jobs throughout Indiana and the worldwide broadcast of the Indianapolis 500, plus hundreds of other events. He finished out his career with seventeen seasons of hockey play-by-play, including a brief stint with his beloved hometown team, the Chicago Blackhawks. Ken's parents also made sure all six boys were introduced to some kind of music, and at age eight, he began organ lessons. While Ken pursued his broadcast career, he also pursued a side career as a professional organist; the latter of which took him literally around the world with appearances in such faraway lands as Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Closer to home, Ken has performed extensively throughout the U.S., and is now the President and Chief Executive of the American Theatre Organ Society. Despite Mr. Double's lengthy double-career, never before has he combined the two until now. Riverside Pops proudly presents this concert of all sports-related music from films, TV and popular music.
WARNER, SONDHEIM & WARNER
Steve Warner, Organist
Rose Randall Warner, Vocalist
Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 3:00 p.m.
Husband and wife team Rose and Stephen Warner will present a program featuring the music of Stephen Sondheim in this season's offering from our ongoing Art of the Composer series. The concert will also feature music by Leonard Bernstein and others who contributed to or grew out of Sondheim’s circle of influence. 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 involved in the mechanical and restoration side of things as an employee of Holden Pipe Organs of Ferndale. 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 the past 11 years, 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. Info about her studio and the theater opportunities can be found at: http://www.RoseRandallWarner.vpweb.com/
(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 $40 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.
HOLIDAY TRADITIONS (formerly Holiday Home Tour)
Saturday, December 8 & Sunday, December 9, 2014
Various organists / various times
Grand Ledge Opera House, 121 S. Bridge St. (M-100) @ River St., Grand Ledge
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING SEASON 2014
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 (1-269-781-5923)