Pizza parlor organist has a passion for playing on old theatre organ
Glenn Tallar plays the 1927 Barton Theater pipe organ from the Oriental theatre, Milwaukee at Beggar’s Pizza in Lansing, Illinois, the ex-Lans Theatre. It’s the only such organ used in a restaurant in the Chicago area. Tallar controls the rhythm, lighting effects and the sounds of various effects equipments such as a newly installed steam-engine train noises. He plays on Tuesday and Friday nights.
LANSING, ILLINOIS | Most junior high students with the ambition to make a buck might take a paper route, baby-sit or mow the neighbor’s lawn.
That wasn’t the case for Glenn Tallar. The Homer Glen resident was just 14 when he started playing the pipe organ at Beggar’s Pizza, 3524 Ridge Road, and eight years later he still performs twice a week for diners at the Lansing restaurant.
It was Tallar’s older brother, Tim, who noticed a newspaper ad for an organ player and auditioned. His brother began playing once a week and the younger Tallar soon joined him. The Tallar family is a musical one, with mother, Janet, giving early lessons to her two boys and daughter, Gionna.
Glenn Tallar later took formal lessons from a variety of musicians, some as far away as Racine, Wis. Once lessons were done, he had plenty of opportunity to practice on the pipe organ his father, Bob, had installed in their home . . . . . . . ..
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