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CORRECTION: Please note that the society's website has been corrected from the original publication of this review. Reviewed by Lee Shepherd Nathan Avakian is the poster child for multi-tasking. I’m talking about the multi-talented whiz kid who treated some 400 folks to a concert Tuesday night (Aug. 13) on The Forum's Robert Morton Theater Organ. A 22-year-old B.F.A. student in lighting design at Purchase College, Avakian went way “outside the box” to delight listeners of all ages. Presented by the Binghamton Theater Organ Society, the multi-media concert had it all – from Medieval music...
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By Lee Shepherd I’m really late coming to the table. I just discovered the Binghamton Theater Organ Society and attended a delightful evening of Charlie Chaplin films Saturday (April 13) with master theater organist Jim Ford and lecturer Joyce Jesionowski. Performing on the Robert Morton Organ at The Forum, 236 Washington St., Binghamton, Ford cleverly improvised the “soundtrack” for four films from Chaplin’s early career. According to Wilbur Dodge, organ technician, the Morton organ was reconstructed by Robert Melnyk and David Clark, using salvaged IBM parts, most of...
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Jelani Eddington demonstrated an art form of a bygone era on Oct. 23 at The Forum. Theater organs originally were played to accompany silent films, the single instrument replacing an entire pit orchestra. The theater organist had to have quick reflexes and a thorough knowledge of the instrument in order to match the mood, pace and personalities on screen, as well as sound effects. After performing a variety of popular and classical pieces revealing a variety of unusual sounds, Eddington demonstrated the craft of theater organist by accompanying a 1928 Laurel and Hardy silent flick, to the audience’s pleasure.

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