Tivoli's Mighty Organ To Be On Display At Showing Of Silent Film The 'General'

Friday, August 1, 2014

This could be called “The Year of the Pipe Organ” in Chattanooga.  The historic Austin Organ at the Municipal Auditorium celebrated its 90th anniversary concert on July 1, thanks to the Chattanooga Music Club and now it’s time to feature the Tivoli Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ.

Installed in 1924, this classic theatre organ provided music for silent films, played for audience sing-alongs, and presented the popular music of the day.  Restored and expanded in the 1980’s, the organ is ready for its 90th birthday celebration, and it will be a trip back in time.  The Wurlitzer will provide the background music for one of the greatest silent films ever produced, Buster Keaton’s classic Civil War tale, The General.

The movie tells the story of the famous locomotive – with historic ties to Chattanooga – and while there is drama and excitement in the story, it’s the great Keaton at his comedic best.

The show is Saturday, Aug. 23, at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $7.

In the 1920’s, Wurlitzer was the “name that means music to millions,” and the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre pipe organs were in great theatres everywhere, including the Tivoli.

To create the mood music accompanying the great film, Ken Double, president and chief executive of the American Theatre Organ Society, will travel from his home in Atlanta to perform at the Tivoli Theatre. 

"It’s wonderful that this organ still resides in its original home,” says Mr. Double, “and to use it for its intended purpose, make music for silent films, is great fun.”

This concert will also be the catalyst to raise funds for the ongoing maintenance of this 90-year-old music-making machine.  Volunteers have kept the organ alive, but the costs involved can add up quickly.  The theatre pipe organ is distinctive from its church counterparts in that real xylophones, glockenspiels, drums and castanets and more play from the organ console.  And keeping all those mechanical working parts working is a daunting task faithfully accomplished by these volunteer theatre organ lovers.

Tickets are available at the Municipal Auditorium box office, or online at www.chattanoogaonstage.com

Contact Chattanooga Music Club's 2nd VP "Buddy Shirk" locally for more information at 499-0600 or via email buddy@summittpianos.com.

Chattanooga Symphony And Opera 2015/16 Season Single Tickets Go On Sale Aug. 3

Single tickets for the 2015/16 season of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. Popular concerts for the upcoming season include Opening Night with Pines of Rome, The Tabasco Opera, Brahms Requiem, Home for the Holidays, Big Band Fever, Play Ball, Scheherazade, and many more. Ticket prices start at $21. There are student discounts available. Complete ... (click for more)

American Actor/Entertainer Randall Franks Will Give National TV And Radio Interviews On Wednesday From Nashville

Former NBC and CBS star and International Bluegrass Music Museum Legend Randall Franks, “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night,” will share live interviews on Wednesday from Nashville.  He will appear on RFD-TV’s Market Day Report at noon (CST). Viewers can watch the broadcast on DISH Network, DIRECTV and hundreds of major and rural cable systems. For ... (click for more)

Thousands Line Route For Funeral Procession Of Sailor Slain In Chattanooga Shooting; Wife Sings Song At Funeral She Was Singing When They Met

Thousands of people waving flags and signs again lined the streets and highways of Chattanooga for the second of two local funerals for military personnel slain by a gunman on July 16. And at the funeral service for Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Scott Smith, his wife, Angie, sang the song she was singing the first time they met. She said she was singing "You say it best when ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Man Who Declared He Was "An Innocent Man" On Child Pornography Charges Gets Conviction, 24-Year Sentence Overturned

The Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the conviction of a Chattanooga man who claimed at his trial and sentencing that he was wrongfully convicted by a jury of possession and distribution of child pornography. James Paul Lowe had been sentenced in May to serve 24 years in federal prison. After the sentencing, he had bid his family goodbye and told them to ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Strong

The hearts, minds and prayers of Tennesseans, and of the entire nation, have been turned toward Chattanooga this month.  We are sickened and saddened by the senseless tragedy, and we grieve for the families of the five service members who were killed, Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan, Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist, Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” K. Wells, Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Could Obama Win Again?

When President Barack Obama spoke to the African Union yesterday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he made a pretty brash statement: “I actually think I’m a pretty good president,” he told the African leaders. “I think if I ran, I could win. But I can’t.” While everyone is entitled to their opinion, I don’t think that’s true. Obviously, term limits keep Obama from running, but as I sit ... (click for more)