posted on: 08/18/2010 - 11:04am by Cosmos
Though this year’s International Summer Organ Festival may be winding down, things are really heating up—as in making-me-pant heat up. Dennis James is coming to town next Monday, August 23, to present his multimedia Silent Movie Night extravaganza in Spreckels Organ Pavilion!
Dennis James has been an instrumental figure (pun intended) in the revival of screening old silent films to live musical accompaniment. And over the past 30 years he has perfected the art, performing on piano, theater organs, as well as with chamber ensembles and full symphony orchestras.
As fun and entertaining as that is, now imagine him providing the music to a classic silent film like The Yankee Clipper, with all its high seas adventure and intrigue, on one of the world’s largest outdoor pipe organs in an historic setting. Hence, my effusive panting!
Now if that isn’t enough, Civic Organist Carol Williams closes this summer’s festival on August 30, with what promises to be an equally hot night of jazz. She’s invited local celebrity Dave Scott to join her on trombone, Bill Shreeve on sax, Mark Hunter on electric bass, and Kevin Koch on drums.
They will present several jazz standards like “Moonlight Serenade,” “Take the ‘A’ Train,” and “Misty,” along with original compositions by Carol Williams and Dave Scott, who in addition to being that dapper meteorologist on KUSI-TV is a well-respected songwriter and performer.
Photo Contest Deadline Reminder
Not to take your eye off the ball (and the prize) by highlighting some exciting events coming up, I would also like to remind all my shutter bug friends that this Friday, August 20, is the last day you can send in your entry to the Top Dog Photo Contest.
Please be sure to first bone up on the contest rules as I’m seeing way too many entries with multiple dogs in the picture frame, more than one photo attached to the email, or pictures of pooches taken in someone’s living room or back yard! This is Balboa Park’s Top Dog, not HGTV’s, after all!