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Editor’s Note: Broome Arts Mirror reviewer Nancy Oliveri was unable to attend The Binghamton Theater Organ Society's presentation of Ben-Hur at the Forum last Tuesday (April 8) and sent her sister in her stead. Reviewed by Therese Bohn Imagine playing two straight sets of music for about 75 minutes each with only a brief break in-between. This was the job of master organist Scott Foppiano, who joyously improvised accompaniment to the classic 1925 silent epic, Ben-Hur: a Tale of the Christ, this week at The Forum in Binghamton. Watching silent movies on television is...
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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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