Grand Ledge Opera House * General Seating * 2022 - 2023
Lansing Theatre Organ Presents the 26th Riverside Pops Season:
SILENT MOVIE: "THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA" (1925)
Scott Smith, Organist
Sunday, November 20, 2022- 3:00 p.m.
When director Carl Laemmle's landmark production of The Phantom of the Opera hit movie screens across the nation in 1925, audiences screamed and fainted during the famous unmasking scene, undoubtedly the single most frightening moment in all of the era of silent motion pictures. Lon Chaney, "The Man of a Thousand faces," provided an unforgettable portrayal of Erik, the tortured Phantom who lives in the cellars beneath the Paris Opera House, and is still considered the standard. Arguably the most famous film of the silent era, LTO presents it for the third time, and the first time since 2001. 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 33rd 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 pipe organ 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.
WINGS & THINGS
Lance Luce, Organist
Sunday, April 30, 2023 - 3:00 p.m.
Detroit native Lance Luce is an internationally acclaimed theatre organist. He has played hundreds of concerts throughout the United States, Canada, England and Australia. In 2014, he was awarded Organist of the Year by the American Theatre Organ Society. More recently, he was appointed Head Organist for the Detroit Red Wings at the new Little Caesar's Arena in downtown Detroit. Included in his extensive resume is a stint as Head Organist at Radio City Music Hall in New York City beginning at age nineteen.. He has also served as organist at several family-style restaurants; two of them in the Detroit area. While at the Organ Grinder in Toronto, Ontario, he played for well over a million patrons in eight years. Since 1981, Lance has designed and installed over 350 organs for churches, homes and institutions. He is currently the church organ consultant for Allen organs at Evola Music, and is also an Allen Artist. His background includes pipe organ maintenance, as well as electronic organ design, installation, voicing, pipe interfacing and MIDI implementation. He currently is on the staff at the Fox and Redford theatres in Detroit, and the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor. He has been a church musician for 45 years and is currently Organist at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Bloomfield Hills. This is Lance's third performance on the Riverside Pops series. Welcome back, Lance!
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 $20 for one ticket for each performance OR take advantage of our Mix 'N Match program, where you can pay the same $20 for two 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 2022 - 2023 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; Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
121 South Bridge Street, @ River Street
Grand Ledge, MI 48837
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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.