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THS Member Clark Wilson at the Atlanta Fox console.

ATOS & ORGANIST CLARK WILSON — SILENT FILM

The Mark of Zorro Silent Classic at the Atlanta Fox August 25, with Clark Wilson at “Mighty Mo” Original Installation Pipe Organ

For the second year in a row, our friends at the American Theatre Organ Society and Turner Classic Movies are presenting a classic silent film  at Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theatre.  On Thursday, August 25th at 7:30, swashbuckling hero Douglas Fairbanks stars in The Mark of Zorro.  East Liverpool, Ohio THS Member organist Clark Wilson  will provide his score for this silver screen classic on the Fox’s famous  original 1929 Moeller theatre pipe organ. This show will showcase what  the theatre organ was originally intended to do – present musical accompaniment for silent films — in one of America’s most distinctive and faithfully restored movie palaces. And while there say “hello” to THS Member Ken Double, president of ATOS and a resident of Atlanta. Details at link below. (RS)

http://www.atos.org/sites/default/files/pdf/news-features/ATOS-2011-mark-of-zorro.pdf

 

THS Member Clark Wilson at the Atlanta Fox console.

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Mark Lensenmayer

    Clark is resident organist at the Ohio Theatre in Columbus, Ohio for its summer film series. He plays a silent film each year, and is always fantastic. This year he had a bit of a scare when the film broke during the performance. He just kept playing until the picture came back on the screen…he is indeed a true professional. I’m sure this will be a very memorable performance.

  2. Dennis James

    Actually Clark Wilson lives in Liverpool, Ohio and does not reside in Columbus plus the claim of titled position, “Resident Organist”, with implication of a professional employment, was actually established at the Ohio Theatre in 1974 at the onset of my own tenure as titular professional performer at the theatre. My move to Columbus, following Bachelors and Masters degree organ studies with a special concentration in performance at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, re-introduced on the national level staff-level employment in motion picture palace as an attempt to revive the then hitherto moribund full time, paid, professional such positions for fully trained professional musicians. The Ohio Theatre staff Resident Organist employment program overseen by the American Federation of Musicians was dismantled by incoming management in 1991, and the remaining organ uses were initially assigned that season to a list made up of seven local volunteer players and paid itinerant touring independent contractors. The sellout annual Halloween “Spookout” silent film program, the theatre organ solo concert series and the famous annual March 18th theatre anniversary show featuring the organ plus the Columbus Symphony Orchestra performing together accompanying a feature silent film in fully revived theatrical splendor have all been eliminated, and the organ use today is predominantly returned to basic overtures for the still-popular summer film series (a form of organ use introduced at the theatre by local theatre organ society volunteer players back in the 1970′s).

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