The 1925 silent horror film “Phantom of the Opera” stars Lon Chaney as the Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House. Based on the 1910 French novel “Le Fantôme de l’Opéra,” it tells the story of a deformed Phantom who murdered and created chaos in an attempt to achieve stardom for the woman he loved, Christine Daaé.
The story has become a modern classic thanks to the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical of the same name; however, the silent film was extremely popular in the 1920s, grossing over $2 million at the box office in 1925.Rated: NR
Andrew currently serves on staff at the Michigan theater in Ann Arbor as head organist and was an organist at the Detroit Fox for several years. Residing in Fenton, Mi., he travels doing theater organ concerts, accompanying silent films, and lecturing on film scoring. He changed his focus entirely to music after leaving behind 17 years doing back-office accounting at a travel agency, and serving a parish for 30 years as their priest.
Andrew’s musical studies began with the accordion – winning local and national competitions by playing transcriptions of classical orchestral music. He later appeared in the orchestra for productions of the Theater Department at Michigan State University where he holds his degree with honors in Psychology.
While working at the Wurlitzer factory store in Dearborn, he sought out the late Fr. James Miller. He studied theater organ techniques with Fr. Jim and accompanied him on his second tour of Australia and Norfolk Island – appearing both in joint concerts and solo engagements. He furthered his studies with Dr. Marilyn Mason through the Church Organ Studies program. Scholarships from the University of Michigan enabled him to travel on two Historic Organ Tours led by Dr. Mason covering France, Italy, and Switzerland – playing 58 instruments and participating in ten public concerts.
In addition to his theater organ concert and film work, it was in 2003 when Andrew was invited to play meditation music for a local public program for Japan’s Foundation For Global Harmony. The music so transported its founder, that he asked Andrew to create three meditation CD’s for the Foundation to help raise funds for children in SE Asia: for orphanages, hospitals, vocational schools, etc., . It led to trips across the U.S. including Hawaii along with five trips to Japan and a trip to Myanmar – performing both in solo events, in duet with a noted Japanese violinist, and performances as a member of The Global Harmony Band.
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