Saturday Session: Music In Movies


Dr. Steven Ball will present an open-to-the-public educational Saturday Session from 9:00am to noon for patrons to learn more about the Mighty Wurlitzer, the rise of the organ as the instrument of choice to accompany silent films, and the importance of music to the film-going experience. “Music In Film” will discuss the history of musical accompaniment from early silent films to today’s blockbusters; examine the advent of “talkies” and sound pictures’ impact on the way films were scored; and explore the inner workings of the theatre organ and how it was developed specifically to accompany films. Registration for the session is $20 per person.

Dr. Ball is the Organist Emeritus of the world’s largest pipe organ, located at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. Widely recognized for his scholarship in both classical improvisation as well as the art of silent film composition and accompaniment, Dr. Ball has traveled and performed extensively in both the United States and abroad, including several visits to Tampa Theatre for recent presentations such as Metropolis and Nosferatu. Following his April 28 Saturday Session, he will present the 1925 epic Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ with live accompaniment at 7:30pm. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS