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Film: Steamboat Bill, Jr. with live organ accompaniment

By Steven Rosen · May 2nd, 2013 · CityBeat Recommends

One national arts trend which Cincinnati lags behind is the rediscovery of silent movies — especially the public screening of them to live musical accompaniment.   

“I would say there’s more interest in it than ever before,” says Clark Wilson, a past recipient of American Theatre Organ Society’s Organist of the Year Award, who creates period-accurate scores that he plays at silent-film screenings. Wilson is based in East Liverpool, Ohio, and performs around the country. 

On May 9, the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall, which installed the restored 1927 Albee Theatre Mighty Wurlitzer Organ in the building’s ballroom in 1999, will offer Wilson playing his period-accurate score to Keaton’s 1928 Steamboat Bill, Jr. Performances are at 10:30 a.m.

and 7 p.m. This is the first time the Society will match the organ with a silent film for an event. 

For the May 9 screening of Steamboat Bill, Jr. at Music Hall Ballroom, visit cincinnatiarts.org. $25.



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