Nancy Wildoner Plays 'Pop Pipes — Chart-toppers'

The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society presents organist Nancy Wildoner in the latest episode of her ‘Pop Pipes’ series: ‘Chart-toppers’.  With the help of Magic 101.7 FM dj Tejay Schwartz, Nancy presents a retrospective of Top Ten hits from the 1950’s to today.  Nancy talks about the two sides of her career as both a classical organist and a theatre organist, and the fun of preparing a program of inter-generational hits. http://wskg.org/audio/wildoner.mp3

 

Photo credit: William Wandling via Binghamton Theatre Organ Society

The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society Presents 'Chicago'

The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society presents the Cecil B. DeMille 1927 silent film classic ‘Chicago’ with original music performed by Jim Ford on the 1922 Robert-Morton Theatre Organ in the Forum in downtown Binghamton.  This naughty pre-Hayes Code comedy was thought lost, but a print was recovered and restored. http://wskg.org/audio/1216chicago.mp3

 

Photo credit: classic film scans

Mel Brooks' "Silent Movie" comes to the Forum with a new score

Mel Brooks’ 1976 Silent Movie is anything but silent with an original score by theatre organist Jim Ford on Sunday, December 27th at 2pm in the Forum on Washington Street in downtown Binghamton. http://wskg.org/audio/silentmovie.mp3

Photo courtesy Binghamton Theatre Organ Sociey

Disney music and more on the Morton Theatre Organ

Theatre organist John Ledwon returns to the Forum in downtown Binghamton for an afternoon of music from Disney movies and pops favorites from the 1950s and ’60s. More information available from the Binghamton Theater Organ Society. http://wskg.org/audio/151109ledwon.mp3

 

Photo courtesy c-lemon via Flickr

BTOS presents two silent films

“Hot Water” and “The Freshman” are two early comedies starring silent film legend Harold Lloyd. The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society is screening them with organist Jim Ford supplying the musical accompaniment — and the sound effects. Ben Reynolds will also appear in character as Harold Lloyd. http://wskg.org/audio/btosharold.mp3

 

photo courtesy twm134 via Flickr

The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society presents Scott Harrison with "Swingin' in Spring"

The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society presents Australian theatre organist Scott Harrison performing “Swingin’ in Spring” on Saturday, May 17 at 7:30pm in the Forum on Washington St. in downtown Binghamton.  He is joined with a Dixieland Jazz Band with Rob Weinberger, Arslan Kachadourian, Ryan Zawel, Chris Mann, and Michael Wellen. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1039756.mp3

 

Photograph Courtesy Scott Harrison

The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society presents an afternoon of early film comedies

Organist Jim Ford and Paul Stapel speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Binghamton Theatre Organ Society’s presentation of 4 historic silent films with organ accompaniment. Ford prepares by watching the films repeatedly until he gets the musical ideas that will accompany the action. He says that the greatest compliment is when audience members tell him that they don’t remember the music. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1037915.mp3

Photograph courtesy Leon Reynolds via BTOS

Theatre organist Gene Roberson performs at the Forum

The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society welcomes theatre organist Gene Roberson speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Anything (Organ-ical) Goes! at the Forum in downtown Binghamton.  Johnson City High School’s Sophisticats are the special guests. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1036229.mp3

 

Photograph courtesy Binghamton Theatre Organ Society.

Broome County's Pipe Organ

The Forum Theater in Binghamton, NY houses a musical treasures which over the years has become a symbol of pride for its community: a 1926 Robert-Morton pipe organ.  The pipe organ is commonly used in churches, but some of the instrument’s most memorable sounds and beautiful music accompanied fims during the silent movie era.  The segment celebrates the history of this 80-year-old local treasure, from silent films back in the 20’s to complete abandonment and almost its destruction in a chicken coop, to the restoration and renewed vibrancy and life in Broome County. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Vqz5BJ_gk8