4/34 Robert Morton Organ
Ohio Theatre - Columbus, OH

Hearing the Mighty Morton


Upcoming Events

A Christmas Carol
November 24-26, 2017

A Christmas classic, Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" will be presented by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan on November 24-26, 2017 at the Ohio Theatre. The troupe has been coming to Columbus for over 30 years.

As part of the event, Resident Organist Clark Wilson will perform seasonal favorites on the Mighty Morton organ before the show, during intermission and after the show. This is your best chance to hear the Morton strut its classical organ sound as Clark will play many songs without the tremulants. While not specifically built to play such repetoire, the Morton handles it well.


Click here to be taken to the CAPA web page for more information.




     
CAPA Summer Movie Series

The best opportunity to hear the organ is by attending the CAPA Summer Movie Series which is the longest continuously running summer movie series in the country! The organ is played 30 minutes before the featured movie, at intermission and for a few minutes after the movie ends. For $5.00 you get to hear about 45 minutes of organ music and a good flick all while relaxing in the friendly confines of the beautiful Ohio Theatre. What a deal! In addition, each year one silent film is shown with the Morton Organ supplying the music - a real treat! Click here to see a few photos from a couple movies in 2006.

The primary organist for the Summer Movie Series is current Resident Organist Clark Wilson. Local organist David Fleischer fills in for Clark at selected movie screenings. 

Morton Banner







While at the theater, be sure to check out the banner in the lobby of the Morton organ. Thanks to assistant organist David Fleischer for spearheading the project!




View of theater  Ohio Theatre Tours

Usually during the summer and occasionally during other times of the year, CAPA will host free tours of the Ohio Theatre. Included is a guided tour of the facility, a light show, and a demonstration of the Morton Organ. Check out the CAPA web page for information.


Other Events

The theater is host to many events each year, most public, some private. Click here to see the entire list of CAPA events. Change the venue to Ohio Theatre to see what is going on only at that location. If you are invited to a private event and get to hear the organ consider yourself lucky!

Occasionally the organ will accompany the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in one of their performances. In March 2007 the symphony teamed up with former Ohio Theatre Resident Organist Dennis James for a silent film performance of "Phantom of the Opera". Then in February 2008 the Symphony played Saint Saens "Organ Symphony". The last half of the third movement offered the listener the rare opportunity to hear the organ played in the classical style. In spite of it's ability to completely fill the theater with sound, the organ blended very well with the symphony.


Radio Broadcasts

N
ationally syndicated program "Pipedreams" aired a program promoting organs in Ohio in reference to the American Theater Organ Society and Organ Historical Society 2009 conventions in Cleveland. Click here for the program. The Mighty Morton leads off the program! Kudos to "Pipedreams" host Michael Barone!



Recordings

Clark Wilson CD If you are unable to attend the Ohio in person, check online for recordings of the organ. The most recent recording is Clark Wilson's CD called Intermission. Several records were also recorded by previous organists and occasionally show up on Ebay.


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