The Phantom of the Opera
Organist Adam Aceto accompanies a classic silent film on the Wonder Morton organ in a historic theater.
When: Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, 2 p.m.
Where: Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St., Santa Barbara
Cost: Free - $13
Age limit: Not available
Presented by the Santa Barbara Theatre Organ Society.
Mr. Adam Aceto is an organist of great accomplishment, and performed on The Arlington Great Theatre Pipe Organ during the presentation of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2012 Cinema Vanguard Award presented to the French stars of “The Artist” Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo. The historic organ was raised during the black and white filming and Aceto accompanied the award winning performance while a full house of appreciative film lovers looked and listened in awe.
SBTOS: The nonprofit was formed by a group of community members who were and are devoted to the history of the theatre organ, the Arlington Theatre, and are dedicated to preserving the glory associated with the golden silent film era, as well as organ history through the ongoing presentation of concerts and performances on the “Wonder Morton” in the Arlington Theatre.
“The Wonder Morton” Organ: The original Arlington Theatre was designated to hold a larger pipe organ, however, with the advent of talking films the organ was not installed, only the pipe chambers were in place, and a small organ was installed. The “Wonder Morton” currently in the Arlington Theatre was one of only five large theatre pipe organs manufactured by the Robert-Morton Company in Van Nuys, California in the 1920s. It was purchased by a patron in Texas, and was later donated for use at the Arlington. The console was painted ivory and gold and displayed in the lobby at the Arlington Theatre at the Santa Barbara Symphony opening concert. For two and a half years volunteers devoted 36,000 hours refurbishing and installing the organ in the Arlington. The premiere was performed by organist Tom Hazelton to a full house in 1988.
Tickets on sale in the box office one hour before performance. $11 Adults, Children under 14 Free If accompanied by an adult. Visit: www.sbtos.org
Event posted Oct. 4, 2012
Last updated Oct. 4, 2012