Concert Series

Grand Ledge Opera House * General Seating * 2017 - 2018

Lansing Theatre Organ Presents the 23rd Riverside Pops Season:


Scott Smith, Organist
Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 3:00 p.m.

The Black Pirate is a silent 1926 action-adventure film, starring Douglas Fairbanks, arguably the most famous actor of his day. Shot entirely in experimental two-color Technicolor, this film is a tour-de-force of Fairbanks' incredible athletic prowess, performing all of his own stunts, swordplay and featuring his celebrated "sliding down the sails." In the plot, pirates loot a ship of its riches before blowing it up. Father and son survivors of noble birth wash ashore on an island, where the injured father dies. The son (Fairbanks) promises to seek revenge by infiltrating the same band of pirates and bring them to justice. Posing as "The Black Pirate," he defeats the captain, captures a merchant ship singlehandedly, earns their trust as his new leader and falls in love with a beautiful princess (Billie Dove). 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. During the Christmas holiday shopping season, Scott performs on weekends at the Mole Hole of Marshall, now in his 28th year. 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 trade 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.

Melissa Ambrose-Eidson, Organist
Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 3:00 p.m.

Melissa Ambrose-Eidson comes to us from the Detroit area, where she began her performance career at the tender age of 14. Since that time, she has performed at nearly every public venue containing a theatre organ in the state. During her teens, she was a finalist in numerous organ performance contests of both the theatre and classical type, in addition to two for Yamaha. It was during this time that she toured the country, and performed for two national conventions of the American Theatre Organ Society. During her college years, she received a Bachelors of Art in Organ Performance degree from Oakland University, and went on to pursue a Master's degree at the University of Michigan. She has since held the position of Minister of Music at the First Congregational Church of Royal Oak for nearly twenty-five years, where she keeps busy directing everything from handbells to choirs to instrumental music, and even plays the organ. In 1991, Melissa recorded "You're A Grand Old Flag," a compact disc recorded on the Wurlitzer organ at Detroit's Senate Theatre, featuring patriotic music that went on to great success with widespread nationwide distribution. This performance promises to bring that recording and much more patriotic music to life for the first time since then. This will be her first time as a featured performer on the Riverside Pops concert series. Welcome, Melissa!

Tony O'Brien, Organist
Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 3:00 p.m.

Detroit area organist Tony O'Brien is one of those rarest of breeds. In addition to his theatre organ training, Tony possesses a degree in classical organ, and performs equally well in both fields. This combination of talents enable Tony to exact a unique perspective in his musical performances. His versatility shows in all aspects, from accompanying silent films to concertizing. Having circled the globe in his musical pursuits, his name and reputation are literally known internationally. In this concert, Tony will feature mini-scores such as "Casablanca" and "Gone With The Wind" to individual tunes featured in various films. During the years when LTO sponsored an annual event for all of the organ clubs called "Meet In The Middle," Tony was a featured performer, but this is his first time as a featured performer on the Riverside Pops concert series. He's a man in constant demand, and it has taken us many years to find a mutually workable date, so don't miss it!


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. SPECIAL SEASON TICKET OFFER! BUY ONE SEASON TICKET, GET ONE FREE!!

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.

Saturday, December 2 & Sunday, December 3, 2017
Various organists / various times
Grand Ledge Opera House, 121 South Bridge Steet (M-100) @ River Street, 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)