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Happy Holidays with the Mighty Wurlitzer

WHAT:
Happy Holidays with the Mighty Wurlitzer
featuring acclaimed theatre organist Walt Strony, with special guest Mary Ellen Tanner,  plus dancers from the Cincinnati Ballet Academy

WHEN:
Thursday, December 12, 2013 10:30 AM & 7:00 PM

WHERE:
Music Hall Ballroom

PRICES:
$25 / $20 (seniors, students, and groups of ten or more)

INFO:
Theres nothing quite like the unique sound of the Albee Theaters Mighty Wurlitzer an orchestra and more all in one organ!  Acclaimed theatre organist Walt Strony will perform holiday favorites with all of the bells, whistles, and special effects that only an instrument as grand as the Mighty Wurlitzer can create.  Special guests include popular jazz vocalist Mary Ellen Tanner and dancers from the Cincinnati Ballet Academy. 

TICKET INFORMATION tickets on sale now
www.CincinnatiArts.org 
(513) 621-ARTS [2787]
Aronoff Center and Music Hall Ticket Offices
Group Sales (10 or more): (513) 369-4363

CINCINNATI, OH The Society for the Preservation of Music Hall (SPMH) is pleased to announce the return of Happy Holidays with the Mighty Wurlitzer to Cincinnatis Music Hall on Thursday, December 12 at 10:30 AM and 7:00 PM.   The popular holiday concert is being presented in cooperation with the Ohio Valley Chapter of the American Organ Society

Tickets are on sale now at www.CincinnatiArts.org, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center or Music Hall Ticket Office. For groups of ten or more, call (513) 369-4363.

Theres nothing quite like the unique sound of the Albee Theaters Mighty Wurlitzer an orchestra and more all in one organ!  Acclaimed theatre organist Walt Strony will perform holiday favorites with all of the bells, whistles, and special effects that only an instrument as grand as the Mighty Wurlitzer can create.  Special guests include popular jazz vocalist Mary Ellen Tanner, plus dancers from the Cincinnati Ballet Academy with a special Nutcracker surprise. This memorable holiday concert promises to be a fun and festive event for the entire family!

"This will definitely be one of the best Mighty Wurlitzer concerts we have ever produced, said Don Siekmann, SPMH President. With a two-time American Theatre Organist of the Year winner; a beloved, multi- CAMMY award-winning Cincinnati vocalist; and extremely talented dancers from the Cincinnati Ballet Academy performing highlights from The Nutcracker, what's there NOT to love?  This is a guaranteed winner of a holiday concert!

The Mighty Wurlitzer  
The Mighty Wurlitzer was installed in the ornate Albee Theater on Fountain Square in December 1927 one of only 2,200 theatre-organs produced at that time to accompany silent feature films.  When talkies took over in 1929, the theatre organ was mainly silenced.  The Albee organ was donated to the Emery Theater in 1969 (where it played for movies and other events) and was partially rebuilt by the Ohio Valley Organ Club. It was removed from the Emery in 1999 and put into storage. 

The leadership at SPMH thought the historic Music Hall Ballroom would be an ideal location for the instrument, and in June 2007, Ronald F. Wehmeier, Inc., Pipe Organ Service in Cincinnati was contacted to completely rebuild and install the Wurlitzer. A donor foundation funded the entire project in the amount of $1.41 million.  Only a small number of Wurlitzers of this size still exist, and Cincinnati (the home of the Wurlitzer Company) is one of the few cities in the country to have an instrument of this quality.

The Wurlitzer was expanded in tonal colors and effects, from 19 ranks of pipes to 31 ranks (a rank is made up of 61 pipes, and represents orchestral sounds, such as trumpets, flutes, tubas, strings, etc.).  A full array of percussion effects is also present xylophone, marimba, glockenspiel, chimes, and even a large Steinway grand all playable from the giant three keyboard and pedal console, decorated in 22-karat gold leaf.  Wind for the pipes is provided by a 15 HP high pressure turbine, the electrical switching is controlled by computer, and pipes range in size from 16 feet to the size of a pencil.  In addition, the Wurlitzer is now fully computerized, so that it can be played without an organist through a digital input system.
 

 

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