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The Phantom of the Opera and David Briggs on the Berghaus Pipe Organ in Wilkes-Barre

[From Mark Laubach]
Dear Friends:
If you’re looking for a new and totally different way of celebrating Halloween this year (named from “All Hallows Eve” – the eve of All Saints’ Day), your friends at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 35 South Franklin Street in Wilkes-Barre have just the answer!

On Friday evening, October 31st at 7:30 p.m. St. Stephen’s will present the immortal classic silent movie, The Phantom of the Opera, starring Lon Chaney!

In the olden days of silent movies, the “sound” was provided by a theater organist who would play a theater-style pipe organ built for the purpose in the movie theater. The organist would improvise the music – that is to say, s/he would make it up as s/he went! We are extremely fortunate and honored that the British virtuoso organist, DAVID BRIGGS, will come here to St. Stephen’s and serve as our very special guest theater organist for this thrilling evening! David has performed on some of the most famous organs in churches and concert halls in every corner of the globe. A master improviser, he is particularly gifted at accompanying silent movies, and The Phantom is one of his very favorites. You won’t want to miss hearing David Briggs play St. Stephen’s spectacular Berghaus pipe organ for this occasion. What’s more, we hope to have our new SOLO DIVISION ready and playable in time for this event!

You say you can’t come and miss out on Tricks or Treats??? Never fear, we’ll have our own following the movie! So come as you are, or come in costume! We may even have prizes for the best costumes of the evening!

Please spread the word with your friends about The Phantom of the Opera at St. Stephen’s! Details about admission will be forthcoming soon. We’ll be sending out further information by mail and e-mail in the coming weeks. Anybody can be added to our mail and e-mail music lists simply by sending contact information to Music from St. Stephen’s at St. Stephen’s Church, 35 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre PA 18701, or by e-mailing it to mlaubach@ststephenswb.org.

Tax-deductible contributions to Music from St. Stephen’s are always welcome in any amount. Simply send a check payable to Music from St. Stephen’s to our postal address.

We hope to see you here on Halloween … THE PHANTOM wants YOU!!!!

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