Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts presents the superb Martin Ellis on the Lincoln Hall Wurlitzer Theater Organ in Foxburg at 7:00 PM. The restored and historic Lincoln Hall Wurlitzer is a wonderful piece of Americana. Once the ubiquitous background music and orchestration for silent movies, the theater organ has become a unique curiosity for many. As time separates memory and reality, and fewer people having the real theater experience, the organ can serve as a bridge through time.
Martin Ellis returns to Foxburg this Friday the Sep 21st to play the Lincoln Hall Wurlitzer Theater Organ, anticipating a fun and musically pleasurable evening as he moves through a mixed repertoire of popular, classical and spiritual music.
Mr. Ellis first heard of the Paramount Music Palace in Indianapolis at the age of seven and began playing by the sixth grade. As a teenager, he was the first winner of the American Theater Organ Society’s young organists competition. He attended De Pauw University and by his senior year he was playing at Pipes and Pizza in Lansing, Illinois and Milwaukee’s Piper Music Palace. Now after many years working as a professional musician, Martin Ellis enjoys an extremely diverse career as an organist, pianist, choral and orchestral arranger, and professional accompanist. In addition to his concert engagements, Martin is currently the Principal Organist/Assistant Director of Music for North United Methodist Church of Indianapolis, Indiana, and is one of the senior staff accompanist for the prestigious Indianapolis Children’s Choir and Youth Chorale, serving the advanced treble choirs and high school division.
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Friday night’s concert promises to be a memorable Wurlitzer event. Tickets are Adults $15, Members $10 and Students $5. Reserve tickets by calling (412) 867-1816. Plan to stop by the Red Brick Gallery before or after the concert. Botanicals and Beyond a mixed-media art exhibit in the upstairs gallery is beautiful, as well as interesting and runs through October 7th.