The Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley debuts its Wurlitzer 3/25 Opus 585 Theatre Pipe Organ with a concert by Mark Herman. The program will include the Buster Keaton comedy short “The Boat” in addition to a wide variety of musical selections.
The Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley, Inc., (TOSDV), a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation since 1967, is an affiliate member of the American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS). Its purpose is to preserve, protect and promote this unique art form through education, restoration and performance.
Mark Herman, at 25, is the 2004 winner of the American Theatre Organ Society’s “Young Organists Competition,” Herman was recently named the ATOS 2012 “Organist of the Year.” He has traveled extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.
Owned and maintained by TOSDV, this historic Mighty Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ was built in 1922 and originally installed in the Buffalo Hippodrome Theatre for the purpose of accompanying the silent films of that era. Theatre Pipe Organs are capable of playing a wide range of musical styles and are uniquely suited for accompanying silent movies thanks to the variety of sound effects they provide.