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In 2019, he was honored to be featured alongside the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a rare organ solo cameo. Herman resides in Los Angeles, where he is President of Mark Herman Music LLC, a provider of organ consulting and project management. He is also a voicing specialist and tonal consultant for Allen Organs and proud Allen Artist, showcasing new Allen Organs in the US and beyond. Allen Organs is headquartered in Macungie, Pa.
Theatre organs are a specific type of pipe organ developed to provide musical accompaniment and sound effects to accompany silent films in the first 3 decades of the 20th century. Some sources estimate that of the thousands of organs installed in America and elsewhere, fewer than 100 remain in their original venues. The Colonial Theatre’s Wurlitzer Opus pipe organ is not original to the venue: it was installed in 2000 to enhance the quality and diversity of programs. Originally, the Opus was built and installed in Shea’s Hippodrome Theatre in Buffalo, New York, then purchased by a private owner in Ontario, and sold to a Pizza & Pipes restaurant in Fresno, California.
The organ will also provide accompaniment at an Oct. 30 screening of the 1922 silent film, Nosferatu. The German expressionist vampire film is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and organist Brett Miller will perform music from Hans Erdmann’s original score. After the show, Miller will stay for a discussion with the audience.
For tickets to the “Wurlitzer 100” concert and reception and Nosferatu, visit thecolonialtheatre.com or call (610) 917-1228.