The Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley is presenting its 2023/2024 premier opening program on Sunday, September 17 at 2:00 pm in the historic 1903 Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville PA. Ben Forsthoffer will offer his interpretations of selections from the great American songbook of music well known to the seniors of the Delaware Valley. Expect something special.
Using the tonal resources of the TOSDV 3 manual, 24-rank Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ installed on the stage and in the original pipe chambers, Ben will masterfully give an impressive, enlightening two-hour concert on this 101-year-old, recently restored instrument. Tickets can be purchased at the Colonial website. Proceeds will be used to keep the organ in tip-top shape and fund future silent film accompaniments and concerts. “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” is coming on Sunday, October 29th.
Ben Forsthoffer’s passion of the Theatre Organ started at the age of 5 when he first heard the Wurlitzer Pipe Organ at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Years later, he heard the Organ again at a family gathering and then began to learn to play the Theatre Organ. Today, he is making a name for himself at a very young age and studying with world-renowned theatre organist Jelani Eddington. Ben has attended over fifty Theatre Organ performances, and performed for numerous venues including the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville Pennsylvania, the Loew’s Jersey Theatre in Jersey City New Jersey, Dickinson High School in Wilmington Delaware, and Babson College in Wellesley Massachusetts, and many more. His focus and determination to be part of the stage is driven by his pure enjoyment and dedication to the instrument. Ben resides in Bucks County Pennsylvania with his parents, Brian and Donna Forsthoffer. He is in his Junior year in high school and plans on pursuing a Business/Law related profession while concertizing as an organist on the side.
There is plenty of parking near the theatre, and it’s free on Sundays!
General admission seating. Ticket prices include a $2.00 per ticket Processing Fee. Tickets are available with cash, check, or credit card at the Colonial Theatre Box Office, or online.