On Sunday, April 15 at 2 PM, the Museum of Making Music welcomes organist and silent film musician, Bob Salisbury for a special event celebrating the music of silent film. Mr. Salisbury will musically accompany the classic 1924 silent film production of James M. Barrie's "Peter Pan" starring Betty Bronson.
Mr. Salisbury will be performing on a Roland Atelier AT-900 Organ generously provided by Rodgers Instruments Corporation / Roland Corporation.
Tickets for this event are $15; $10 for Museum Members. For tickets, you may order online or call (760) 438-5996.
Ingeniously capturing the mysteries and adventures of childhood, James M. Barrie's timeless play became one of the most popular films of the twenties. Virtually unseen for decades.
Betty Bronson stars as Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up, who charms Wendy and her brothers to fly with him to Never Never Land. On this island of dreams and magic, they struggle to rescue the Lost Boys from Captain Hook (Ernest Torrance) and his band of pirates, encountering along the way the delightful fairy Tinkerbell (Virginia Browne Faire), a man-eating crocodile, and a band of valiant Indians (led by Anna May Wong).
This memorable adaptation – which in turn inspired later film versions of the story – features a delightful cast, remarkable special effects by Ray Pomeroy, and fine photography by James Wong Howe (The Thin Man).
Bob Salisbury first exhibited his interest in music at the age of 7 when he began piano lessons in Los Angeles. He moved on to organ lessons at the age 10 and theatre organ at age 13, studying with Gaylord Carter. This began a 45 year relationship as friend and instructor.
In his home town of Avalon California on Catalina Island, Bob played the Page Theater Pipe Organ on a nightly basis before the movie. He also played organ for all 3 churches on Catalina Island.
Bob and his wife Mary have now semi-retired to Desert Hot Springs, California. Bob continues to play silent movies and concerts and is organist/choir director for the Congregational United Church Of The Desert in Palm Desert CA.
Bob feels that silent films are the basis for today's film industry and his mission is to teach the proper technique for silent film accompaniment so that films may be preserved and enjoyed by future audiences.
Bob was honored by the American Theater Organ Society with a national award at their convention in 2010.
Bob's silent movie performances include:
His favorite program is always the one he does next!
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