Barton organ at the Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI
Barton organ at the Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI

Archive of Once Upon a Theatre #0706

At Ann Arbor’s 75-year-old Michigan Theatre, an aging pipe organ served as keystone to the downtown’s heritage preservation.

RICHARD WHITING: Hooray for Hollywood! MEL BROOKS: Medley, from The Producers. HUBERT GIRAUD: Sous le ciel de Paris. MARGUERITE MONNOT: Hymne a l’amour. CHARLES DUMONT: Les flonflons du balSteven Ball (1927 Barton/Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI) Michigan CD-1001

MICHAEL DAUGHERTY: Concerto for Theatre Organ and Orchestra, Once Upon a Castle, premiere –Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Arie Lipsky, conductor; recorded November 15, 2003

ROBERT TOMS: I kind o’ like Ann Arbor, from The Junior Girls Play 1910Steven Ball (1927 Barton/Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI) Michigan CD-1001

RICHARD RODGERS: Medley –Kay McAbee Michigan Theatre Archives recorded in 1968

JOHN BARRY: The Music of Goodbye, from Out of AfricaSteven Ball (1927 Barton/Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI) Michigan CD-1001

Filler –DAUGHERTY: (see above)

 

The 13-rank Barton pipe organ, restored to original condition, is played Wednesday through Sunday before the showing of all evening films. Thanks are due to Gayle Steiner, Henry Aldridge, David Lau, Scott Smith, the Michigan Theatre Foundation, the American Theatre Organ Society, and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra for encouragement and cooperation.