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Rochester's Best Kept Secret: Unveiling the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ! In-Person

Witness the history and sounds of one of Rochester's best kept secrets! The Auditorium Theatre is home to a 94 year old, world-class theatre pipe organ. Installed in the RKO Palace Theatre in 1928 to accompany silent films, the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ entertained movie and concert-goers for years before falling silent. Enthusiastic volunteers resurrected the sleeping giant years later and rescued it from the wrecking ball before the 1965 demolition of the RKO Palace, forming the all-volunteer Rochester Theater Organ Society (RTOS). Today, you can experience the excitement and grandeur of this magnificent, historical instrument (and technological wonder!) at concerts performed by both accomplished and budding theatre organists from across the country and around the world.

Chris Van Stean has been a member of the RTOS since the 1990s and a board member since 2014. She has served as Director, Secretary, and currently, President. Chris is a University of Rochester graduate and was employed by the University for 37 years prior to retirement.

Co-sponsored by the Perinton Historical Society and Fairport Public Library.

Tuesday, January 17, 2023
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Community Room
  Adult Program  
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Caitlin Crilly

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