FOXBURG – Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts will welcome theatre organist, pianist and multi-gifted instrumentalist, Dennis James, on Sunday, July 31 at 2 p.m. as he performs a “Wurlitzer Plus” eclectic application on the McKissick Mighty Wurlitzer, Lincoln Corridor Steinway and Benjamin Franklin’s Glass Armonica.
The live performance at Foxburg’s Lincoln Corridor will characteristic a Pops blend of Broadway tunes, well-liked tunes, marches and orchestral transcriptions on the Wurlitzer, alongside with well-liked Colonial American fascination in glass musical devices, and a grand Gershwin Tribute that includes the Steinway and Jesse Crawford’s solo “Rhapsody in Blue” at the Wurlitzer.
James has devoted his specialist vocation to the theatrical traditions of organ functionality and furthering community interest in the pipe organ. From the time he began carrying out whilst however in his teenagers, he has been at the prime of the organ career. He has carried out all over the place and on the greatest pipe organs all above the entire world, from spectacular movie palaces throughout the United States and Canada to the most prestigious live performance halls and theaters in Europe and the Much East.
He will take great pleasure in continuing the historical qualified features of enjoying organ audio with silent movies and usually takes good treatment in gathering obscure historical musical instruments and preserving their genuine period of time-effectiveness traditions.
Tickets for the effectiveness are $25 for adults, $20 for ARCA associates and $5 for students. Tickets can be reserved by calling (724) 659-3153, and paid out for by hard cash or examine at the door. Tickets may perhaps also be bought by credit rating card on-line at alleghenyriverstone.org.
Pursuing the functionality, there will be a Meet up with the Artist reception at The Pink Brick Gallery future door wherever guests can also fulfill character photographer John M. Karian and view his exhibition.
In his Lincoln Corridor overall performance, James will concentration on the 1761 Glass Armonica, America’s very first musical instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin. Following the intermission, there will be a brief phase which include the 1919 electronic audio machine, the Theremin, accompanied by a pre-recorded accompaniment of James at the Wurlitzer organ.
Guests can also enjoy a limited silent movie in the fingers of an organist hailed as “the biggest practitioner of the art of solo silent film accompaniment.” In his early vocation, James toured for 6 many years in the 1970s and 1980s as the personal music-for-movie accompanist for the 1-lady-demonstrate tours of Lillian Gish, the “First Lady of the Silent Film.”
To open up the next half of the live performance, James will accompany a quick Americana silent film, Thomas Edison’s 1903 10-minute Western “The Fantastic Educate Robbery” starring G. W. “Bronco Billy” Anderson.