The Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organs were the most famous musical instrument built by Wurlitzer. On February 9, 1928, out of North Tonawanda, New York, the Wurlitzer Company manufactured and shipped the Opus #1836, a “3 manual special,” to the Stanley Theater of Jersey City, New Jersey. This Mighty Wurlitzer Organ spent two decades entertaining customers at the Roaring 20’s Pizza Parlor on 28th Street in Grand Rapids, before it was moved to its current location at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.
ORGAN CONCERT SERIES
October 19 & 20 | Organ Concert & Silent Film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with Dennis Scott
Join the GRPM for a Halloween themed Organ Concert and silent film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, with Dennis Scott on October 19 & 20!
Dennis Scott, an internationally known silent film organist, will be playing musical scores to the 1920 silent thriller film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. A group of friends visit the carnival and watch showman Dr. Caligari who uses hypnotism to control to his victims. When Dr. Caligari brings hypnotized Cesare out of a sarcophagus, Cesare predicts Alan will be dead by morning. When this predication comes true, Francis and Jane are left to find out answers.
Concerts take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 19 and at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 20.
November 16 & 17 | Pizza Parlor Classics with Brett Valliant
On November 16 and 17, join the GRPM For Pizza Parlor Classics with Brett Valliant!
Brett will play songs including Maple Leaf Rag, In the Mood, Phantom of the Opera, Rock Around the Clock and more! Brett Valliant is an American organist who is highly in demand for his ability to perform many different genres of music on the instrument he loves. Whether at an organ in a concert hall, a majestic church organ on Sunday morning, a mighty Wurlitzer in a theatre, or a Hammond B-3 in a jazz club, Brett is right at home. Critics have defined his performances as “exciting,” refreshing, “unorthodox, and astonishing.”
Concerts take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 16 and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 17.
December 21 & 22 | Holiday Classics with Lance Luce
This holiday season, enjoy holiday classics from Lance Luce performing favorites such as White Christmas, Silver Bells, Winter Wonderland, Let it Snow, The Christmas Song, Sleigh Ride, Brazilian Sleigh Bells, Mary’s Little Boy Child, and other carols.
Holiday Classics Organ Concerts will take place Friday, December 21 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 22 at 2 p.m.
Lance Luce is an internationally acclaimed theatre organist, who has played hundreds of concerts all over the United States, Canada, England and Australia. In 2014 he was awarded Organist of the year by the American Theatre Organ Society. Most recently he became the head organist for the Detroit Red Wings at the new Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit. He has played concerts for numerous chapters of the American Theatre Organ Society and other affiliated theatre organ groups and clubs. He has played for National and regional conventions of the ATOS in the United States and TOSA in Australia.
Concerts take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 21 and at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 22.
That was such a wonderful concert that Mr. Stahl put on for us. Several of us were visiting friends in Saranac and they wanted to take us along. I can’t believe you only charge $10? I will ask them to bring us again next year when we visit again for sure. Lovely museum from what we had time to see on the way out. – Magie Brady, October 2015