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

Hearing the Mighty Morton


Upcoming Events

CAPA Summer Movie Series
June 16 - August 6, 2017

CAPA Summer Movie Series 2017
photo from http://www.capa.com/presentations/current-season-presentations/summer-movie-series-2017
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The CAPA Summer Movies Series is back for its 47th year! This is also the best time to hear the Mighty Morton during the year.
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. Click here to see a few photos from a couple movies several years ago.

The primary organist for the Summer Movie Series is current Resident Organist Clark Wilson. Known as "The Master of the Manuals" for good reason, Wilson is in his 26th year as the theatre's house organist. Local organist David Fleischer fills in for Clark at selected movie screenings. 

The series highlight is the silent film where you can hear the Morton in its element. This year the silent film is "The Freshman" and will run on July 20th and 21st at 7:30 p.m. Clark Wilson will provide the soundtrack for the film. After seeing a silent film accompanied by the Morton you'll realize that silent films weren't actually silent!

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



program "A Christmas Carol"

Each year Thanksgiving weekend CAPA hosts a live theater performance of Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol". During intermission of the performances, Clark Wilson performs holiday tunes on the Mighty Morton organ. This is the best time to hear the organ played with a more classical sound.



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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