TOSA Q Presents Tony Fenelon – An Impromptu Fantasy
Experience the charm, magic and sublime power when renowned Australian cinema organist Tony Fenelon performs on Brisbane’s magnificent Christie Cinema Pipe Organ and Grand Piano. Songs from all the great composers and arrangers will be heard including Buddy Cole, Chopin’s Fantaisie-Impromptu and two silent films. This program will delight music lovers of all ages.
Tony will also feature two vintage Hollywood ‘Tom and Jerry’ cartoons in ‘Silent Movie’ style – ‘At the Hollywood Bowl’ (Die Fledermaus Overture, Strauss) and ‘The Cat Concerto’ (Hungarian Rhapsody No 2, Liszt).
In 2014, Tony was inducted into the prestigious American Theatre Organ Society’s “Hall of Fame” recognising his contribution to this genre. This big music which once oozed from ornate cinema doors, now allows a glimpse back through time, into the jazzy, carefree nights of the golden age of cinema.
Back by popular demand, don’t miss Australia’s foremost cinema organist Tony Fenelon, in his only 2016 Brisbane concert.
CHRISTIE CINEMA PIPE ORGAN
The Christie is a 1934-vintage 11 rank cinema pipe organ brought to Brisbane in 1969 from the Granada Theatre, Maidstone, England and now installed in the Kelvin Grove State College Theatre. These musical giants, as much orchestra as organ and entirely mechanical which includes percussion and a sound effects suite, roared into picture theatres across the world. They allowed one skilled musician to conjure up a symphony of sound and provide every necessary musical impression for breathing life into silent films and the popular music of the day. The Christie, England’s answer to the marvellous American Wurlitzer, provided luxurious 1930’s cinemas with their own sophisticated musical identity after the silent era ended.
The Theatre Organ Society of Australia Queensland Division present all of our concert in comfortable cabaret style seating with multimedia cameras and projectors over the console, pedal board and piano to being the audience closer to the action.
Tickets – include complimentary drinks (wine and fruit punch) on arrival and a scrumptious afternoon tea at interval.