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Cleveland Grays Armory Museum Wurlitzer


Cleveland Grays Armory Museum Wurlitzer


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WE GOT CDs

The Western Reserve Theatre Organ Society now offers two CDs to raise funds to help maintain our 4/28 Wurlitzer at the PAC Auditorium.  Check out the details HERE 


and

WE HAVE FINISHED!

It took a long time but we have finished installing everything and we are now presenting national and international artists live in concert for your enjoyment.  Please click on the Concerts link above for details about our next and upcoming concerts.  

  Click HERE to see details and photos of our recent progress.


 
If you want to listen to more organ music:

INTERNET RADIO

 Click HERE to open the ATOS internet based radio station of continuous theatre organ music in a new window.

Steve Ashley produces FREE bi-weekly 1 hour podcasts and weekly half-hour broadcasts of theatre organ music. His Hot Pipes shows are available in two formats: highest fidelity m4a and lower fidelity mp3, both of which can be downloaded or streamed. Click on the following link to go to his website.


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As Past President of The Western Reserve Theatre Organ Society, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our website! WRTOS is a chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS), and we were founded in Cleveland, Ohio in 1962 with 29 charter members. Since that time our enrollment has grown to over 100. We are a tax exempt, non-profit, (501 c-3) educational corporation in the State of Ohio. Our mission is to further the use and understanding of the theatre pipe organ and its music; to strive to support and promote the few remaining instruments in the land of the Western Reserve – 18 counties mostly in and around the northeastern Ohio area. Education for our members and the general public is our hallmark.

The theatre pipe organ is a true American Art Form and is distinctly different than church organs and symphonic organs. They were originally installed in movie theatres to duplicate all the sounds of an orchestra, but required only one musician. Initially they accompanied silent movies, and after the introduction of the "talkies" were used for music before and after the movie.

WRTOS is becoming one of the leading chapters in ATOS, due to no small part to the dedication and contributions of our growing membership. Our PAC Wurlitzer project was a large undertaking done strictly on a volunteer basis and entirely for the purpose of keeping alive a historic and wonderfully unique part of America’s musical past. WRTOS is a group of theatre organ enthusiasts and supporters on the move!

Our most exciting news is that the 2009 ATOS national convention was held right here in Cleveland - having started on June 30th.  It was a rousing success, with over 450 enthusiasts enjoying the many in-theatre organs of our Western Reserve district.  Check out the details here - 2009 ATOS Convention .

Concert Series

Each spring and fall (usually April/May and September/October), WRTOS produces a theatre organ program. We engage an internationally known professional artist who puts our Armory Wurlitzer or PAC Wurlitzer through extraordinary musical paces to the delight of our audiences from all over northeast Ohio and beyond. Ticket prices are quite reasonable, and advance purchase discounts are available along with group discounts as well. Click on the Membership link above to sign up for our mailing list. Click HERE for information about upcoming events.

Please tour our site to see the exciting and fun things we are up to. And don’t forget to visit our membership page and our “How You Can Help” link! I hope to see you at one of our events. Come, join the fun and satisfaction in keeping this American musical art form alive and thriving!

Doug Powers
Past WRTOS President

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