Wurlitzer Organ Trust of Auckland
Jan Grefstad’s Hollywood Cinema, Avondale, Auckland
New Zealand

"Pops on Pipes" 2014 Concert Series
AT THE HOLLYWOOD WURLITZER PIPE ORGAN

 

Presented with Funding Support from the

A.S.B.COMMUNITY TRUST

All concerts take place at the Hollywood Cinema
20 St Georges Road, Avondale, Auckland


 

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 23 at 2.pm —
Friends of the Wurlitzer “Club Afternoon”

Once again, we launch our concert season with a fun afternoon of music and entertainment. 

The afternoon will include a video presentation, light afternoon tea and music from our own playing team at the Wurlitzer organ.

This is not a public event – FOTW members only and friends are very welcome too.

 

 

 

SUNDAY MARCH 23 at 2pm 
“BLACKPOOL COMES TO HOLLYWOOD”  with Chris Powell (UK)

 

Our first public show for 2014 is sure to get your toes a-tapping!


Great Britain’s Chris Powell returns to the Hollywood for another fun afternoon of lively music, performed in the style made popular by Blackpool’s Reginald Dixon, perhaps Britain’s most famous theatre organist, who played the Blackpool Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer for dancing, for almost forty years.  The “Blackpool Style” is firmly rooted in dance tempos, made more enjoyable by the energetic way it is played – particularly during the quickstep numbers, which feature Reginald Dixon’s legendary keyboard to keyboard water-falling!

 

Chris Powell is a great exponent of this style and a much-loved performer at the Hollywood Cinema.

 

Hold on to your hats for a thrilling afternoon of music!

 

 

 

 

 

© 2011 The Harold Lloyd Trust

 

SUNDAY APRIL 20, at 2pm   “THE SOUNDS OF SILENTS”  with Ron Clark

 

Presenting the first of now THREE silent movie shows we will be doing each year showcasing the work these amazing pipe organs were originally created to do.

 

Taking you back to the golden days of going to the movies, the program includes a “play-in” by the Wurlitzer organ, early sound movie shorts and in the second half, Ron Clark accompanies another great silent movie comedy, Harold Lloyd’s 1923 classic “Safety Last”.

 

2013 marks the 90th anniversary of the release of this spectacular movie and we screen it in association with the Harold Lloyd Trust in the USA.!  Safety Last! includes one of the most famous images from the silent film era: Harold Lloyd clutching the hands of a large clock as he dangles from the outside of a skyscraper above moving traffic. The film was highly successful and critically hailed, and it cemented Lloyd's status as a major figure in early motion pictures. It is still popular at revivals, and it is viewed today as one of the great film comedies.  The film's title is a play on the common expression, "safety first," which places safety as the primary priority to avoid accidents. Lloyd performed some of his climbing stunts despite losing a thumb and forefinger in an accident while making a film four years earlier.

 

See and hear how the Wurlitzer organ brings the silent movie to life through the power of music!!

 

** RAISING FUNDS FOR THE HOLLYWOOD CINEMA

PRESERVING THE HOME OF THE WURLITZER PIPE ORGAN **

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY MAY 4 at 2pm “PIPES n’ PIZZAZZ”

Scott Harrison (AUS) with Tauranga’s Bay Dixie Band)

 

Join us for a fun afternoon of “Dixie Jazz” when the Wurlitzer pipe organ and Tauranga’s Bay Dixie Band join forces to make music together.

 

The combination of the Dixie band and pipe organ recreates some of the hottest sounds in music since the great Fats Waller first featured this mix back in the 1920s.

 

Scott Harrison from Melbourne and the Bay Dixie Band have worked together previously with the Wurlitzer organ at Baycourt in Tauranga, and we look forward to their making music together now, at the Hollywood Cinema.

 

 

 

 

 

** RAISING FUNDS FOR THE HOLLYWOOD CINEMA

PRESERVING THE HOME OF

THE WURLITZER PIPE ORGAN **

SUNDAY JUNE 29 at 2pm “SILENT CLASSICS”

with Ron Clark

 

Taking a break from our silent comedy screenings, we delve into one of the great classics of the silent movie era – from 1923,“The Hunchback of Notre Dame”.

 

It’s a story that’s been told and retold ever since Victor Hugo put it to paper in 1831. It had already been made into a film twelve years prior to Universal putting Chaney in the role, but the combination of his brilliant acting skills, the impressive make-up work done to make him into the deformed hero, a moving organ score, massive sets, and incredible characters, made this the defining film for the scoliosis-suffering bell-ringer.

 

The film is most notable for the grand sets that recall 15th century Paris as well as Lon Chaney's performance and spectacular make-up as the tortured bell-ringer of Notre Dame. The film elevated Chaney, already a well-known character actor, to full star status in Hollywood, and also helped set a standard for many later horror films, including Chaney's The Phantom of the Opera in 1925.

 

See and hear how the Wurlitzer organ really brings this great classic  silent movie to life, through the power of music!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY JULY 27 at 2pm Donna Parker (USA)

 

Now a real thrill as we welcome back to the Hollywood, America’s “First Lady” of the theatre organ, Donna Parker.

 

This wonderful lady has done so much to promote the theatre organ by both being on the Board of Directors for the American Theatre Organ Society and her music-making on the international theatre organ concert stage.

 

Definitely a program that will feature music for all tastes, from the classics, movie & TV themes, the 20s & 30s, rock n’ roll, and right on up to today – “Pops on Pipes” this surely is!

 

A great afternoon indeed is in store with this very popular international touring artist.

 

 

SUNDAY AUGUST 31, at 2pm  — Rob Richards & Alex Zsolt (USA)

 

All agree that the Wurlitzer pipe organ as a “unit orchestra” making music together with a piano, makes for a stunning musical experience and we are set to enjoy another afternoon with this exciting combination!

 

Following on from the success of their show together at the Hollywood Cinema back in 2011, it is with much excitement that we announce the welcome return of these two great keyboard maestros.

 

For this coming program, Rob Richards at the triple keyboards of the Wurlitzer organ and Alex Zsolt presiding over the Roland RG-3 digital grand piano, will no doubt include a selection of Disney favourites, music from stage & screen and one of the great classics in this fun afternoon of music.

 

Presented in association with…

 

 

 

 

“City Lights” - 1931

 

SUNDAY OCTOBER 12, at 2pm 

“THE SOUNDS OF SILENTS”  with Ron Clark

 

SORRY FOLKS- This show has now SOLD OUT!!

 

Here comes the third in our series of silent movie shows, where we take you back to the golden days of going to the movies. This will be a very special afternoon as Ron Clark plays his very last silent movie for us, bringing to a close 28 years as “House Organist” at the Hollywood Cinema.

 

The program includes a “play-in” by the Wurlitzer organ, early sound movie shorts and in the second half, Ron Clark accompanies this great silent movie comedy, Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights”.

 

The "talkies" were well established in 1931 when Charles Chaplin swam against the film-making tide with this forever classic "silent" movie. The story, involving the little tramp's attempts to get money for an operation that will restore sight to a blind flower girl, provides the star with an ideal framework for sentiment and laughs. Beginning with an uproarious skewering of pomp and formality, "City Lights" ends with one of the most famous last shots in movie history and, from start to finish, so completely touches the heart and tickles the funny bone that in 1998, it was named one of the American Film Institute’s Top-100 American Films.

 

Join us as the Wurlitzer organ brings the silent movie screen to life through the power of music!

 

 

** RAISING FUNDS FOR THE HOLLYWOOD CINEMA

PRESERVING THE HOME OF THE WURLITZER PIPE ORGAN **

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 9, at 2pm Dwight Beacham (USA)

 

A first-time visit to New Zealand as part of a “Down Under” tour of Australia will see this popular keyboard artist from the American theatre organ scene, bring his brand of great music and entertainment to the Hollywood Wurlitzer in a program he has titled “A Musical Bouquet”.

 

Join us for a fun afternoon as we conclude this vintage 1926 Wurlitzer pipe organ’s 31st year of entertaining Auckland at the Hollywood Cinema.

 

 

 

 

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