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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[Barton organ at the Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI]
Barton organ at the Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI

Once Upon a Theatre

At Ann Arbor’s 75-year-old Michigan Theatre, an aging pipe organ served as keystone to the downtown’s heritage preservation.

Flash Player Audio Icon 0706 Complete Show 1 hr 28 min

Program Broadcast dates:

•November 22, 2004 as Show #0447

•February 5, 2007 as Show #0706

Links and Resources:

Music played in the program

RICHARD WHITING: Hooray for Hollywood! MEL BROOKS: Medley, from The Producers. HUBERT GIRAUD: Sous le ciel de Paris. MARGUERITE MONNOT: Hymne a l’amour. CHARLES DUMONT: Les flonflons du balSteven Ball (1927 Barton/Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI) Michigan CD-1001

MICHAEL DAUGHERTY: Concerto for Theatre Organ and Orchestra, Once Upon a Castle, premiere –Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Arie Lipsky, conductor; recorded November 15, 2003

ROBERT TOMS: I kind o’ like Ann Arbor, from The Junior Girls Play 1910Steven Ball (1927 Barton/Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI) Michigan CD-1001

RICHARD RODGERS: Medley –Kay McAbee Michigan Theatre Archives recorded in 1968

JOHN BARRY: The Music of Goodbye, from Out of AfricaSteven Ball (1927 Barton/Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI) Michigan CD-1001

Filler –DAUGHERTY: (see above)

 

The 13-rank Barton pipe organ, restored to original condition, is played Wednesday through Sunday before the showing of all evening films. Thanks are due to Gayle Steiner, Henry Aldridge, David Lau, Scott Smith, the Michigan Theatre Foundation, the American Theatre Organ Society, and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra for encouragement and cooperation.