THE SANTA BARBARA
THEATRE ORGAN SOCIETY
The Great Theatre Pipe Organ of the Arlington.
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The August open console is Saturday, 21 September 2013, from 9:00AM to 11AM. Please join us.
Open consoles are open to the public. Bring you friends. Tell your neighbors. Come play the organ, or just listen. Chamber tours will be conducted.
Enter the Arlington Theatre through the side door on the Sola Street side of the theatre nearest the rear of the building. The door will be propped open.
The Arlington Theatre is located at 1317 State Street between Sola and Victoria streets.
25th anniversary celebration extravaganza, 5 October 2013, 2 PM, Scott Foppiano.
Twenty five years ago on 1 October 1998, the Great Theatre Pipe Organ of the Arlington first played for the public in our inaugural concert featuring Tom Hazleton. Only 18 ranks were playing then; but, with Tom's prowess, we got rave reviews. A year later, on 1 October 1989, Tom again was at the console, and 24-ranks were playing. The organ has since been enlarged to 27 ranks.
Scott Foppiano, who was Tom Hazleton's student, will be at the console for the 25th anniversary occasion.
A whole weekend of activities are planned, so mark your calendars. On Friday evening, 4 October, at 7 PM, there will be a no-host dinner with Scott at Harry's Plaza Cafe in Loreto Plaza (State and Los Positas). Please RSVP to email@example.com so we can reserve enough seats.
On Saturday, at noon, a continental brunch and reception will be held in the Arlington courtyard. We will have a silent auction with some very nice donated items, possibly including an exciting trip for two at a historic destination, with all the trimmings. The brunch and movie costs $25. The movie alone costs $15.
At 2PM the short concert starts with an introduction, then the silent short movie "One Week" starring Buster Keaton, the intermission, and the main feature silent movie "Steamboat Bill, Jr.", also starring Buster Keaton. We wanted to choose movies that were punchy and funny.
After the concert and movies, a mini-chamber tour or main chamber will be conducted, and an open console will be offered where anybody can play the instrument.
At 7 PM, Scott will conduct a theatre organ master class. The master class will be a live demonstration of silent film accompaniment and rudiments of theatre organ style and registration. There will also be 'hands on' opportunities for any interested participants who wish to have some on-the-spot coaching by one America's leading theatre organists. The master class costs $5.
On Sunday, 6 October, 9AM, we will have an open console where anyone can play the organ, just listen, ask questions, and see the chambers.
While Scott is here, we will lay down tracks for a 4th CD.
Be sure and mark your calendars.
Our 3rd CD is here. Samples of the musical selection as well as the liner notes are available under the CD tab above.
After the January 2011 concert, we planned on doing the audio recording for a 3rd Scott Foppiano CD. The CD is delayed as Scott is suffering from a herniated disk. This CD has tunes different than the standard Gershwin and Porter faire, and that work well with the theatre pipe organ, such as: Barry Manilow - I write the Songs, Overture from Pirates of Penzance, etc.. Scott really likes the Great Theatre Pipe Organ of the Arlington. The recording took place on Saturday, 9 July starting at 11 PM and extending into the wee hours. Scott's performance was excellent.
Both the CD's below are available at open consoles for $15.00, and by mail (includes postage and handling) for $20.00. Send a check to: SBTOS, POB 1913, Goleta, CA 93116.
The previous two Scott Foppiano CD's were Renaissance (now sold out), and Christmas at the Arlington (picture below and still available).
Christmas at the Arlington received a wonderful review in the November/December 2009 Theatre Organ Magazine. The first paragraph sets the tone of this review: Scott Foppiano’s new holiday CD, Christmas at the Arlington, is a Christmas stocking full of holiday musical enjoyment. Scott made this album on the great four manual, 27-rank Robert-Morton organ, most of which originally came from the Loew’s Jersey Theatre and is now installed in the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, California. The instrument itself is a real barn-burner, as is this highly entertaining CD.
Overview of Arlington Theatre from the Balcony. Main Chambers I and II are in the Spanish village on the left. Solo Chamber is in the Spanish village on the right. The percussion shelf is in back of tower at the left of the stage. The organ rises on a lift from beneath the forestage. The ceiling is semi-elliptical which is acoustically very kind to the organ. The theatre seats 2017 people. Photo courtesy of SBTOS member Tom Ginn.