'Peter Pan' Flies into the Forum

The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society presents the 1924 silent film ‘Peter Pan’ with organ accompaniment by Jim Ford.  He joins us to talk about the film which at that time had ground-breaking special effects and input from James Barrie himself. Jim Ford provides the musical special effects. http://wskg.org/audio/peterpan.mp3

 

Photo credit: BTOS

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

 

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Theatre Organist Jim Ford Accompanies ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society presents a reconstructed version of the 1929 silent film ‘The Phantom of the Opera’.  Different versions were made in the 1920s and subsequently were lost or destroyed.  This “new” version has been assembled into the the version that audiences would have flocked to in 1929. Organist Jim Ford accompanies the film with his own improvisations. http://wskg.org/audio/1021BTOS.mp3

 

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Theatre Organist Jim Ford Accompanies 'The Phantom of the Opera'

The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society presents a reconstructed version of the 1929 silent film ‘The Phantom of the Opera’.  Different versions were made in the 1920s and subsequently were lost or destroyed.  This “new” version has been assembled into the the version that audiences would have flocked to in 1929. Organist Jim Ford accompanies the film with his own improvisations. http://wskg.org/audio/1021BTOS.mp3

 

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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

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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

 

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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