MARCH 8 at 2.pm —
Friends of the Wurlitzer “Club
Once again, we
launch our concert season with a fun afternoon of music and
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.
Open our 2015 Year with a Wurlitzer Weekend Spectacular…..
SATURDAY APRIL 25 (ANZAC DAY) at 2pm –
“Sounds of Silents
– WINGS 1927 Silent Movie”
To open our year,
we are bringing Melbourne’s John
Atwell over to present our small tribute to the on-going
commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the start of World
We have had many
fun afternoons of music with John Atwell over the years as he has performed
alongside an Auckland based 1920s Dance Band, piano, trumpet and vocalist….
Now a new dimension as John accompanies a great classic from the silent
Wings is a 1927
American silent war film set during the First World War produced by Lucien
Hubbard, directed by William A. Wellman and released by Paramount Pictures.
It stars Clara Bow, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, and Richard Arlen,
and Gary Cooper appears in a role which helped launch his career in
The film, a romantic action-war picture,
was acclaimed for its technical prowess and realism upon release, the film
became the yardstick against which future aviation films were measured,
mainly because of its realistic air-combat sequences. It went on to win the
first Academy Award for Best Picture at the first annual Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences award ceremony in 1929, the only silent film to
See and hear how
the Wurlitzer organ brings the silent movie to life through the power of
SUNDAY APRIL 26 at 2pm –
“The Music that Got Us Through the
returns to the console, this time to share some of the most well-known
music ever written.
features music from some of the darkest days in our history…. The First
World War, World War 2, the Korean War of the 50s and the Vietnam War of
the 60s. Each period saw music
written and songs sung that will ever remain in the public mind and will
always be associated with that particular theatre of war.
Most of this
music turns out to be some of the liveliest and happiest music ever
written, again all designed to lift our spirits and give us the strength to
Join us for an
afternoon of fun music at this, our tribute to the music from the war
JUNE 21, at 2pm
Chris McPhee & Rosanne Hosking
Over recent years, Adelaide’s Chris McPhee
has also given us some great music at the Hollywood Cinema. As one of the younger generation of
Australian theatre organists, Chris enjoys the opportunity to work with
other talented artists and for this trip, he is
joined by Rosanne Hosking also from Adelaide.
With over 20 years
experience in the entertainment industry, Rosanne’s genuine love and
passion for singing and performance shines through in everything she does.
Possessing a natural warmth and an endearing
quality, she is able to connect with audiences and students, young and old.
Chris and Rosanne have performed several
shows together with theatre organ in Australia, and for our show, which
they’ve titled “All Stops Out”, Rosanne will
demonstrate her great vocal skills as Chris accompanies her on the
Wurlitzer pipe organ. It will
definitely be a “Pops” program that includes some of the hits of Edith
Piaf, some Light Opera, the great Burt Bacharach and much more…….
SUNDAY AUGUST 30 at 2pm — Jelani Eddington
Now a real thrill
as we welcome back to the Hollywood, one of the USA’s younger generation
Jelani is a true
consummate musician and over the years, he has become a much-loved
entertainer to Auckland audiences, since his first visit in 1996 at the age
program that will feature music for all tastes, from the classics, movie
& TV themes, the 20s & 30s, and right on up to today – “Pops on
Pipes” this certainly is!
A great afternoon indeed is in store with
this very popular international touring artist.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 3 at 2pm —
“Silent Classics – THE PHANTOM OF THE
In this silent horror classic, aspiring
young opera singer Christine Daaé (Mary Philbin) discovers that she has a mysterious admirer
intent on helping her become a lead performer. This enigmatic masked
presence is Erik, also known as the Phantom (Lon Chaney), a horribly
disfigured recluse who lives underneath the Paris Opera House. When the
Phantom takes Christine prisoner and demands her devotion and affection,
her suitor, Vicomte Raoul de Chagny
(Norman Kerry), sets out to rescue her.
from the silent movie era, and for this screening, the USA’s Dave Wickerham will be at the
console of the Hollywood Wurlitzer to use all the organ’s resources to
bring the silent screen to life.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 4 at 2pm — Dave Wickerham
In a complete
change of pace from the drama of the silent movie, Dave Wickerham
will share some lively toe-tapping music with us in another true “Pops”
Who could forget
Dave’s last visit back in 2012, when he invited his audience to note down
their favourite request during the interval, and then featured almost every
item requested during the second half! This proving the amazing virtuosity
of this great keyboard entertainer.
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 8 at 2pm — “PIPES n’
(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
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
from Melbourne and the Bay Dixie Band were featured at the Hollywood Cinema
last year and our audience were VERY vocal in their desire to hear more of
this magic combination!
spectacular way to conclude this vintage 1926 Wurlitzer pipe organ’s 32nd
year of entertaining Auckland at the Hollywood Cinema.