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Sat October 31, 2015

Phantom of the Opera w/ organist Dorothy Papadakos

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The sacred space of Grace Cathedral will transform into a grand movie palace for a special Halloween screening of Rupert Julian’s immortal 1925 silent horror classic, The Phantom of the Opera, starring Lon Chaney and featuring a live score performed on Grace’s famous pipe organ by renowned organist and composer Dorothy Papadakos. Currently a member of the GRAMMY-winning Paul Winter Consort and former Cathedral Organist of New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Papadakos has accompanied Phantom in venues around the world. A scandal upon its release, The Phantom of the Opera was the first cinematic adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s 1911 novel concerning a spectral, disfigured composer living below the Paris Opera House and his unrequited love for a young opera singer. Dubbed “The Man of a Thousand Faces,” Chaney created his own makeup for his role as the Phantom, and his unmasking is one of the most iconic moments in film history, reportedly causing audiences of the time to scream or faint. This performance will take full advantage of Grace’s 7,500 pipe Aeolian-Skinner organ, a historic instrument installed in 1934 that has been played by many of the world’s great organists and earned a place in jazz history as well, being employed for the premiere of Duke Ellington’s Concert of Sacred Music in 1963 and pianist Vince Guaraldi’s 1965 Jazz Mass. Spend Halloween in the hallowed halls of Grace Cathedral for this unforgettable event.
The sacred space of Grace Cathedral will transform into a grand movie palace for a special Halloween screening of Rupert Julian’s immortal 1925 silent horror classic, The Phantom of the Opera, starring Lon Chaney and featuring a live score performed on Grace’s famous pipe organ by renowned organist and composer Dorothy Papadakos. Currently a member of the GRAMMY-winning Paul Winter Consort and former Cathedral Organist of New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Papadakos has accompanied Phantom in venues around the world. A scandal upon its release, The Phantom of the Opera was the first cinematic adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s 1911 novel concerning a spectral, disfigured composer living below the Paris Opera House and his unrequited love for a young opera singer. Dubbed “The Man of a Thousand Faces,” Chaney created his own makeup for his role as the Phantom, and his unmasking is one of the most iconic moments in film history, reportedly causing audiences of the time to scream or faint. This performance will take full advantage of Grace’s 7,500 pipe Aeolian-Skinner organ, a historic instrument installed in 1934 that has been played by many of the world’s great organists and earned a place in jazz history as well, being employed for the premiere of Duke Ellington’s Concert of Sacred Music in 1963 and pianist Vince Guaraldi’s 1965 Jazz Mass. Spend Halloween in the hallowed halls of Grace Cathedral for this unforgettable event.
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