The Phantom of the Opera
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Silent Film Classics

The Phantom of the Opera

w/ Dorothy Papadakos, organ

OCT 30 | Silent Film Halloween w/ Dorothy Papadakos, organ

Oct 30, 2021
Grace Cathedral

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Original show description below.

PLEASE NOTE: All audience members, staff and artists must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Ticket holders will be required to provide proof of vaccination prior to entering Grace Cathedral. Acceptable proof of vaccination includes your Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record (QR code) a physical vaccination card or photograph of it, along with a valid government issued photo ID or student ID card.

ABOUT THIS SHOW
The sacred space of Grace Cathedral will transform into a grand movie palace for a special screening of Rupert Julian’s immortal 1925 silent horror classic,
The Phantom of the Opera, starring Lon Chaney and featuring a live score performed on Grace’s famous pipe organ by renowned organist and composer Dorothy Papadakos.

Currently a member of the GRAMMY-winning Paul Winter Consort and former Cathedral Organist of New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Papadakos has accompanied Phantom in venues around the world. A scandal upon its release, The Phantom of the Opera was the first cinematic adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s 1911 novel concerning a spectral, disfigured composer living below the Paris Opera House and his unrequited love for a young opera singer. Dubbed “The Man of a Thousand Faces,” Chaney created his own makeup for his role as the Phantom, and his unmasking is one of the most iconic moments in film history, reportedly causing audiences of the time to scream or faint. This performance will take full advantage of Grace’s 7,500 pipe Aeolian-Skinner organ, a historic instrument installed in 1934 that has been played by many of the world’s great organists and earned a place in jazz history as well, being employed for the premiere of Duke Ellington’s Concert of Sacred Music in 1963 and pianist Vince Guaraldi’s 1965 Jazz Mass.

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Chaney created his own makeup for his role as the Phantom, and his unmasking is one of the most iconic moments in film history.

When Dorothy Papadakos climbs into the organ loft at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, she rolls up her sleeves and rocks.

The New York Times

When Dorothy Papadakos climbs into the organ loft at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, she rolls up her sleeves and rocks.

The New York Times

Personnel

Dorothy Papadakos pipe organ

…straining against technical limitations in its eagerness to overwhelm, the first of the many Phantom films has a creepy, undeniable power.

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

Personnel

Dorothy Papadakos pipe organ

…straining against technical limitations in its eagerness to overwhelm, the first of the many Phantom films has a creepy, undeniable power.

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

Watch & Listen

Dorothy Papadakos

The Phantom of the Opera - Opening Credits

Dorothy Papadakos

The Phantom of the Opera - Playing Organ

Dorothy Papadakos

The Phantom of the Opera - Opening Credits

Dorothy Papadakos

The Phantom of the Opera - Playing Organ

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