What do a Chinese gong, castanets, tambourines, tom-toms, wood block, steamboat whistle, sirens, fire gong, telephone, claxon, sleigh bells and chirping birds have in common?
They are all sound effects that can be played, among others, on the 1,100-pipe Grande Page Organ at The Embassy Theatre. Other instruments and sounds include the marimba, harp, piano, glockenspiel, xylophone, snare and bass drums, cymbals, triangle, wood block, and train whistle. Installed in 1928, the organ with its extensive range of instruments and sound effects took the place of actors’ dialogue of the silent films of the day by conveying mood and character with just a button.
It would take some talent to figure out how to make such a contraption work. That’s where talented organist Buddy Nolan came in. In the 1960s Nolan offered a series of midnight concerts on the Page at the Embassy, seeking to restore the love of theatre organ music for the citizens of Fort Wayne.
We’re privileged today to have the opportunity to see and hear the Grande Page Organ in a Buddy Nolan Tribute concert at The Embassy Theatre on Sunday, May 13. The Pops on Pipes Grande Page Organ Concert features organist Mark Herman and is presented by American Senior Communities.
This is a fun way to celebrate Mother’s Day with a friend or loved one.
Tickets: $12 for adults, $6 for students 12 & under. Tickets on sale now at the Embassy box office, all other Ticketmaster locations and online at Ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit them online.
Pops on Pipes Grande Page Organ Concert
Sunday, May 13 2pm.
125 West Jefferson Boulevard
Kayleen Reusser has written children’s books and had stories in Chicken Soup books. She writes features for the News-Sentinel newspaper and profiles for the Ossian Sun Riser. She loves to travel and write about her experiences at her website: www.KayleenR.com