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The Phantom of the Opera

posted Oct 4, 2014, 4:41 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Oct 4, 2014, 4:42 PM ]
One of the best-known of all silent films is 1925's The Phantom of the Opera, famous for Lon Chaney's ghastly make-up. To mask the noise of the projector, and to create atmosphere, silent movies were accompanied by live music. Massive theater organs were designed that could provide more sounds than a piano, but not be as costly as an entire orchestra. The music was usually improvised, often borrowing classical themes.

Our Lady of Refuge Church in Ditmas Park is showing 1925's The Phantom of the Opera on Friday, October 17th at 7:30 PM. Todd Wilson, from The Cleveland Institute of Music and Director of Music and Worship at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, will accompany the film on their newly restored Kilgen pipe organ.

With the help of contributions from over 1,000 people in the New York area and around the world, this pipe organ recently underwent a complete repair. Now that this major accomplishment is complete, the parish is inviting world-class musicians to perform an Organ Recital Series. I recently heard Craig Cramer, Professor of Organ at University of Notre Dame perform there with Julliard School of Music's John Thiessen playing Baroque trumpet. Coming up on Friday, November 21st at 7:30 pm is An Evening of Composed Music & Improvisations with Thierry Escaich, the internationally acclaimed composer and organist of Saint-Etienne-du-Mont in Paris and Professor of Music at the Paris Conservatoire. Tickets for this recital series are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and may be purchased online at olrbrooklyn.org/organ-recitals-in-new-york-city/. Or for more info, check out facebook.com/kilgen5163.