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The Cornwell Series presents~The Phantom of the Opera One Night Only Event!


Sunday, October 29th from 6:00-9:00pm the organ will sing out as The Phantom of the Opera will be played LIVE by renowned professional organist Dennis James to the 1925 Silent Film version of The Phantom. Hearing the live pipe organ singing out the melodies of The Phantom will send chills down your spine with shear delight!

The Southeast Ohio History Center’s Great Hall will take on the characteristics of a 1920s movie palace in a tribute to Hollywood silent films in the presentation of the PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Sunday, October 29, at 6:00pm. Starring the incomparable master of the macabre, Lon Chaney, and featuring a cast of 50 principal players and over 500 extras, the film will be presented exactly as it was originally seen in its initial release- with its original 1925 issued accompanying musical score performed in solo organ transcription from the symphony orchestra score.

Tickets are $30 for non-members, $24 for SOHC members. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW! This is a limited seating event so get your tickets before they sell out!

Call 740-592-2280 and choose option #1 gift shop to reserve your tickets. Event is here at the History Center, 24 W. State Street, Athens, Ohio.

Theatre organist Dennis James, who is playing a vital role in the international revival of silent films with live accompaniment, will perform the now restored original film score by M. Winkler and G. Heinrich published to be performed as accompaniment to this Hollywood horror classic. James obtained a rare surviving complete copy of the score from Vi Eggars, a veteran silent film organist active in Philadelphia, who had retained it in her private collection following the performances during the film’s release in 1925.  Included with the score were the extensive production performance notes indicating unusual staging effects to accompany the presentation, some of which will be recreated at the History Center’s screening.

This is the perfect event for celebration of Halloween- so wear your costumes- or better yet, your finest Opera attire!  (Costumes completely optional)

Beer, Wine and light snacks will be available and donations will be accepted.

We thank Foster Cornwell and his family for his generous gift that allows professional programs like this to be offered.

In 1910, Gaston Leroux, wrote the horror novel “The Phantom of the Opera” which was then adapted into countless films. The 1925 silent version stars Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry and Mary Philbin. A classic silent film, this version follows the strange happenings at the Opera Royal in Paris in which a mysterious stranger, known as “The Opera Ghost” brings the young up-and-coming singer Kristine into his web by becoming her tutor.  All is well, until a suitor is smitten with Kristine which enrages the Phantom and sets him on his path of destruction.



Dennis James