Nathan Avakian Returns - Outside the Box II
Sunday, July 20, 2014 @ 3:00 pm
NATHAN AVAKIAN may still be the only Theatre organist in the world currently using pre-recorded instruments to add to the traditionally escoteric sounds of the Thetare Organ, thus contemporizing the entire sound out of the traditional organ !!
Yet Nathan keeps the finest clasic tunes in his vast repertoire, creating some of the most hauntingly beautiful arrangements. He also highlights some personal compositions on the grand piano.
For this program Nathan is feautring the BINGHAMTON HIGH SCHOOL STEEL DRUM BAND as his guest artIsts, a new feature for BTOS. The Band, under the direciton of BHS Director of Bands Joel Smales, will feature some all new arrangements , world premiering with the Theatre Organ and Nathan playing exciting and different musical roles!
Nathan also features the INTERNATIONAL YOUTH SILENT FILM FESTIVAL, wherein Nathan's 6 different 3 minute, compositions, depicting Romance, Sci Fi, Action, Horror, Mystery and Hero are used as the sound track for the under 20 year old competitors.
Just the opposite of norm, these films open up exciting new Silent Film opportunities. Check out
Nathan's Website: AvakianCreativeWorks.com
Scott Foppiano Performs For - 'Ben Hur' Tuesday April 8th, 2014 @ 7:00 pm . Master Theatre Organist Scott Foppiano; out of Kansas City to Improv one of his favorite dramatic films “Ben Hur.” Originally “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ,” an 1880 novel by Lew Wallace. The book was considered "the most influential Christian book of the nineteenth century," and was the best-selling American novel from the time of its publication, superceeding Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852). It remained at the top until the publication of Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind (1936). The 2 ½ hour Silent Film version, especially the way Foppiano interprets and reproduces the emotional music (which can only be produced by an instrument the size of the Forum’s Theatre Organ) is an epic drama of Judaism vs the Roman Empire, His influence on the characters in the film. is worthy of reading up on ahead of the show (see link below.) This film will cause much reflection on everyone who sees it. Some of the scenes are brutal but short, so Parent guidance nay be helpful!
More info on Ben Hur: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben-Hur_(1959_film)
Live at The Forum - Buster Keaton's 'The General'
Sunday, December 29th 2013 @ 2:00 pm
Buster Keaton plays Johnny Gray, a Southern railroad engineer who loves his train engine, The General, almost as much as he loves Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack). When the opening shots of the Civil War are fired at Fort Sumter, Johnny tries to enlist and he is deemed too useful as an engineer to be a soldier. All Johnny knows is that he's been rejected, and Annabelle, thinking him a coward, turns her back on him. When Northern spies steal the General (and, unwittingly, Annabelle), the story switches from drama and romance to adventure mixed with Keaton's trademark deadpan humor as he uses every means possible to catch up to the General, thwart the Yankees, and rescue his darling Annabelle, for starters. As always, Keaton performs his own stunts, combining his prodigious dexterity, impeccable comic timing, and expressive body language to convey more emotion than the stars of any of the talkies that were soon to dominate cinema.
The Forum's theatre organ will be played by Jim Ford a local musician who will narrate the film as was once enjoyed by people of the time period.
Dress in civil war era clothing and get in for free!
More info on The General: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_General_(1926_film)
'The Forum' - Tuesday, August 13th , 2013 @ 7:00 pm
OUTSIDE THE BOX - A New Twist on Music & Movies
( Nathan's Savvy & Modern Approach Rock's the Forum )
Nathan Avakian is a multi-talented artist with specialized interests and experience in organ performance, musical arrangement and composition, and lighting design.
Nathan is renowned for his tasteful blending of 21st-century virtual instrument technology with theatre organ music. He arranges and produces digital orchestration tracks to supplement the pipe organ, creating performances that satisfy contemporary musical tastes and pay tribute to the historical legacy of the theatre organ. Nathan frequently includes original organ and solo piano compositions in his performances. In 2010, he was commissioned to compose six original theatre organ soundtracks for the International Youth Silent Film Festival, a program that gives young filmmakers the opportunity to create contemporary silent films to theatre organ music. He helped pioneer the festival’s expansion which now includes regional festivals in Oregon, Ohio, Adelaide and Melbourne, Australia.
Nathan Avakians Website: http://avakiancreativeworks.com/ACW/Home.html
Live at The Forum - Saturday, April 13th 2013 @ 7:15 pm
( Charlie Chaplin Silent Film Mini Fest )
Master Theater Organist: Jim Ford leads us on a fascinating journey through 4 of Charlie Chaplins pre-1918 films. Using the Forum's Morton Theatre Organ to assist actors to tell their story. This is the first time since the 1930's that these films have been shown at the Forum Theater! Jim's improvisations bring all of the Charlie Chaplin's genius out over the 4 short silent films.
More info on Charlie Chaplin: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Chaplin