Everett Theatre - Premiere of the Pipes
Andy Crow accompanying the silent classic
"Steamboat Bill, Jr." with Buster Keaton.
Saturday October 2, 1999
On October 2, 1999, the Everett Theater Society will present its first
organ concert in over 45 years.
Premiere of the Pipes will showcase the
Historic Everett Theater's newly restored theater pipe organ with
performances of show tunes, classical pieces, modern music and the
accompaniment of a silent movie.
More information on the
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The evening's entertainment will be performed by Andy Crow.
Andy has been an organist since age 10. He is well known throughout the Northwest as a top-notch
musician, equally at home on the organ and piano. Andy honed his performance
skills at the Music Box, Roxy and Temple theatres in Tacoma, and the Orpheum and
Paramount in Seattle. He was also a regular performer at the Pizza and Pipes in
Tacoma until fire destroyed the restaurant and its organ on August 3, 1999.
The silent movie, "Steamboat Bill Jr." (1928), is a Buster Keaton classic. Buster
Keaton stars in the story of a college-educated young man who comes home to help
his father work on his Mississippi River steamboat and immediately demonstrates
just what a landlubber he is. What's worse, the woman he falls for is the daughter
of his father's worst rival, a bullying rich guy who wants to drive Buster's boat
out of business. Keaton's slapstick is inspired and precise, particularly during
an amazing sequence in which he tries to walk across town during a tornado. Watch
in amazement as the front of a building falls on Keaton and he walks away without
The Everett Theatre pipe organ started out as a small instrument with a simple console
(originally 2 keyboards with 1 row of stops) and 5 ranks of pipes (Voices) designed by the
Kimball Organ Company. The organ was first installed in Seattle's Woodland (Olympic)
Theater in 1925. Since its initial installation, the organ has moved to three
different locations, had several pipe ranks added and the console has been upgraded
to 3 keyboards and two rows of stops. The Everett Theater Society bought the organ
from another Puget Sound organist, Howard Burr who had it installed in his home in Seattle.
For the October 2nd performance, the organ will have 16 ranks consisting of over 1100
pipes, five tuned percussion instruments (xylophone, glockenspiel, etc.), and numerous
non-tuned percussion instruments (drums, cymbals, etc). The air required to play the
notes will be created by a large two-stage Spencer Orgoblo blower driven by a 15 H.P.
The combination of the instrument, the performer, and excellent acoustics of the
Historic Everett Theater makes this a performance you just have to experience yourself
to believe. No electronic instruments or amplification will be used during this
performance. The pipe organ will be presented as it was in the 1920s and is guaranteed
to move you in many different ways during the performance.
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