4/34 Robert Morton Organ Ohio Theatre - Columbus,
OH Hearing the Mighty Morton
Upcoming Events A Christmas Carol November 24-26, 2017
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
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.
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!
Ohio Theatre Tours
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.
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
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.
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!
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.