Concert Series


SILENT MOVIE: "NOSFERATU - A Symphony In Horror!"
The famous cult classic from 1922!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2015 - 3:00 p.m.

This classic silent film, released in 1922, 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 heirs sued over the adaptation, and a European court ruling ordered that all copies of the film be destroyed. However, a few prints of Nosferatu survived, and in time, this German Expressionist film came to be regarded as an influential masterpiece of cinema.

Tickets available exclusively in the offices of the Grand Ledge Opera House
$12 in advance, $15 at the door

Grand Ledge Opera House * General Seating * 2015 - 2016

Lansing Theatre Organ Presents the 21st Riverside Pops Season:

Imported From Michigan!

Lance Luce, Organist
Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 3:00 p.m.

Michigan native Lance Luce is an internationally acclaimed theatre organist, and has played hundreds of concerts all over the United States, Canada, England and Australia. His concerts have been praised for appealing to audiences of all ages, containing a wide variety of musical styles. In 2014, he was named Organist of the Year by the American Theatre Organ Society. Following an eight-year stint at The Organ Grinder restaurant in Toronto, Lance was appointed as Head Staff Organist at Radio City Music Hall. Returning to Michigan, he was featured organist at two family style restaurants, before settling into church organ sales in 1991. He now serves as church organ consultant for Evola Music in the metro Detroit area, and is also an Allen Artist. Lance is currently on the organ playing staff of the Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor and can be heard regularly at the Redford Theatre in Detroit. Over the past 40 years, he has been a church organist, recording artist and concert artist. Currently, he is serving as President of the Detroit Theatre Organ Society. We welcome Lance back for his second Riverside Pops appearance!

Hear Lance Luce play "Boogie Woogie"

Andrew Rogers, Organist
Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 3:00 p.m.

Show People is an American silent comedy, directed by the legendary King Vidor. The film is a lighthearted look at Hollywood at the end of the silent film era. It was a starring vehicle for Marion Davies and William Haines and includes numerous cameo appearances by many of the film personalities of the day, including Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, William S. Hart and John Gilbert. In 2003, the film was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant." Andrew Rogers is a resident of Fenton, and former Pastor of Holy Trinity Ukranian Orthodox Church in Dearborn. He began musical studies on the accordian at age seven, winning local and national competitions, and later appeared in the orchestra of Broadway productions while attending Michigan State University. After making the switch to the organ, he concurrently studied theatre organ stylings with the late Fr. Jim Miller and classical organ with Dr. Marilyn Mason at the University of Michigan. Currently, he is on the organ playing staff of the Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor. His worldwide performances have brought rave reviews, and we welcome Andrew for his third performance for Riverside Pops!

Scott Smith, Organist
Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 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.

Hear Scott Smith play "Ain't Misbehavin," along with Cletus Goens on piano

Joel Gary, Organist
Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 3:00 p.m.

The importance of musical themes in all aspects of Western culture cannot be overstated. Whether the theme is for radio, television, movies, media or even video games, it helps the audience recognize what is about to be presented. It helps to set the mood and the tone. Bigger celebrities and dignitaries often make use of a signature tune, which precedes them when they are about to make an entrance. Each of the branches of the military have their own theme music which serve as a source of identity and pride. These and many more will be explored in this fun and fascinating show! Making his third appearance on the Riverside Pops concert series, Western Michigan's own Joel Gary is equally at home performing literature of the church or theatre, as well as being a teacher of both styles of organ playing. From 1989 to 1991, he was concurrently organist for "Good Time Charley's" restaurant in Grand Rapids, in addition to duties as a church musician. For several years, Joel worked in pipe organ maintenance and restoration, which eventually led to a keen interest in modern digital organs. Since 2000, he has been employed by Westfield Organ Company of Grand Rapids, representing Allen digital organs. Currently, Joel is serving as the Director of Music and Organist at St. John's United Church of Christ in Grand Rapids, and is also a staff organist for the Grand Ledge Opera House. In addition, he is Educational Director the Grand Rapids Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Hear Joel Gary play "Under The Double Eagle"

(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.


Saturday, December 5 & Sunday, December 6, 2015
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)