Silent Film Show with Historic IV/49 J.W. Steere Organ

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Silent Film Show with Historic IV/49 J.W. Steere Organ

Post by johnh » Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:57 pm

It's not a theatre organ but a silent movie performance featuring Ben Model

For Immediate Release:

Event: Silent Film Series with Theater Organist Ben Model, playing the historic
IV/49, 1918, J.W. Steere & Son Organ, hosted by the Brooklyn Chapter, AGO;

The Mark of Zorro, starring Douglas Fairbanks

Place: The Brooklyn Baptist Temple, 360 Schermerhorn St. At Third Ave. near
Flatbush Ave., Downtown Brooklyn, NY 11217, 2 blocks from LIRR Flatbush

Date: April 10, 2010

Time: 7:00 pm

Cost: $10 General Admission; $5 Seniors/Students


The Brooklyn Chapter of the American Guild of Organists continues their series
of silent films, accompanied by theater organist Ben Model. This series
highlights the early relationship between the organ and film in the days before
"talkies" entered the American culture. The fourth film in the series
is on Saturday April 10, 2010 at 7:00 pm, with a showing of the original, 1920
version of The Mark of Zorro at the Brooklyn Baptist Temple, 360 Schermerhorn
St. in downtown Brooklyn. The admission charge is $10, or $5 for

The Mark of Zorro was a highly influential film. It has been credited as a
major influence in the development of the Batman comics, and the film is shown
to have been an influence on the young Bruce Wayne in the comics and film
versions of Batman. The original silent version was produced by Douglas
Fairbanks for his own production company, and is the progenitor of all later
versions of "Zorro," both in theaters and on television.

For the past 25 years Ben Model has served as resident silent film accompanist
for The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. He has played for silents
in many other venues around the U.S., has recorded numerous scores for silent
film DVDs, and produces The Silent Clowns Film Series with film historian Bruce
Lawton. For more on Ben, visit his website:

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Re: Silent Film Show with Historic IV/49 J.W. Steere Organ

Post by silentfilmmusic » Wed Apr 07, 2010 2:41 pm

True, it's not a theatre organ, but this 1918 Steere & Sons is an orchestral organ, and its sound is somewhere at TPO and a church organ (spesh when I've got the trems on). Thanks for posting this event.

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