A Friday the 13th Concert You Won’t Forget
Friday, October 13, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $24 for adults and $17 for students of any age.
Perfect for Friday the 13th, The Phipps presents the 1923 classic silent feature film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This showing will be accompanied live on the Wurlitzer by Clark Wilson, a “master of silent film and showman of the first order,” according to film critic Leonard Maltin.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a 1923 American romantic drama film with horror elements starring Lon Chaney. The film was Universal Studio’s most successful silent film. It is based on Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel of the same name, and is notable for the grand sets that recall 15th century Paris
as well as for Chaney’s performance and make-up as the tortured hunchback Quasimodo. The film elevated Chaney to full star status in Hollywood, and also helped set a standard for many later horror films, including Chaney’s The Phantom of the Opera in 1925.
This silent classic will be accompanied on the Wurlitzer theater pipe organ by a “master of silent film and showman of the first order,” according to film critic Leonard Maltin. Clark Wilson is one of the most prominent and recognized scorers of silent photoplays in America today. He works
exclusively with the organ in developing accurate and historic musical accompaniments as they were performed in major picture palaces during the heyday of the silent film. Wilson began his scoring career in 1980 and has successfully toured North America with hundreds of film presentations. His work has led to performances for the Chautauqua Institution, Cinequest and San Francisco film festivals, the Los Angeles Conservancy, the Packard
Foundation’s Stanford Theatre film series, and annual presentations for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Society at the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ.
He is the organist of choice for many of the American Theatre Organ Society’s international convention silent film presentations.
Wilson has been organ conservator and resident organist at the Ohio Theatre for the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts since 1992.
Learn more about the art to accompanying these classic silent films from Wilson in this clip.