The Music House presents Hitting the High Notes!, our 1st Annual Fall Fundraiser!
We are excited and honored to have Miriam Pico and David Chown as our Honorary Chairs and our featured entertainment. Please join us for an evening of great music, great food, great friends and great fun all benefiting this very special place.
One of the challenges of all non-profit museums is providing a quality, affordable experience. We all continue to improve the quality of our displays and maintain our current collection. The less glamorous are the expenses necessary to provide these. The operational expenses are the glue that hold the Music House together and are also the most difficult to find grant support for. From facility maintenance and improvements to heating and cooling to office supplies…without funds to support these things we could not provide the quality experience that we have become known for. There is a reason that we were just selected as one of the top 15 museums in Michigan!
The accolades for these two Michigan artists could go on and on. Miriam is local legend who has been chosen multiple times by area voters as Northern Express’ “Best Solo Artist” and Traverse Magazine’s “Red Hot Best Singer/Songwriter”. David is known locally and nationally for his amazing piano playing. He is a performer and educator with a degree in Piano and Jazz Studies. David also is the owner of Lookout Music Productions.
When you combine these two gifted artists they create magic. You don’t want to miss them!
This is fundraiser for the Music House Museum. We are a 501 (3) Non-profit Organization. A large portion of your ticket costs will be tax-deductible. Tax information will be provided at the event.
We hope that you can join us for this evening of fun and music!
Beware the Phantom of the Opera!
With Andrew Rogers on the Mighty Wurlitzer
The Music House’s silent film series presents this horror classic just in time for Halloween! The Phantom of the Opera is a 1925 American silent horror film adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel of the same name. It was directed by Rupert Julian and starred Lon Chaney, Sr in the title role of the deformed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House, causing murder and mayhem in an attempt to make the woman he loves a star. The movie remains most famous for Chaney’s ghastly, self-devised make-up, which was kept a studio secret until the film’s premiere.
The film will be accompanied by Andrew Rogers on our ‘Mighty’
Wurlitzer theater organ. Rogers, a Detroit native, is an organist at the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor. He also scores and performs silent films, and performs concerts throughout the U.S. and Internationally.
Our silent films sell very well so reservations are highly recommended. We cannot guarantee walk-in seating.
The Music House’s Silent Film Series has been a popular part of our season event schedule since 2005. Guest are able to experience the films as they were intended to be experienced, complete with live accompaniment by world class theater organists. The series began after the renovation of our 1924 Wurlitzer Opus 881 theater organ, purchased in 1985, was completed in late spring of 2005.
Our ‘Cinderella’ Wurlitzer first found its home at the Cinderella Theater on Jefferson Ave. in Detroit, MI and was played from 1924 to 1949. The theater was closed in the 1970’s and there is now a parking lot at its former location.
The Music House Museum is honored to present a concert from world renowned organist, John Ledwon!
On Oct. 21st at 7 pm, John Ledwon will perform a variety of music on our Wurlitzer Theater Organ. He is known and respected throughout the world and it is exciting to welcome him to Northern Michigan!! Ledwon am a native Southern Californian. His family lived for several years in the Palm Springs area, vacating those digs for the Los Angeles house during the summer. When he was about 11 his family moved to La Canada/Flintridge where his parents bought a Hammond M3 and his love for the organ began. He studied with Orville Foster, followed by Gertrude Deutsch in La Canada. She was a former organist at some theatre in San Francisco and also a solo pianist on the NBC Red and Blue networks before they became NBC and ABC.
After a visit to the Crome Organ Company in Los Angeles, he and his dad were absolutely enthralled. His dad searched around and found a 3/12 Wurlitzer and that started my formal introduction with the theatre organ. They had the organ professionally installed and his childhood passion for the theater organ has never waned.
Ledwon majored in organ at SCUN and UCLA with a minor in mathematics and theatre arts, getting his teaching credential. After graduating from college at 20, he did a 4-month tour with the USO entertaining troops in Alaska and Asia. Following that experience and returning to UCLA to get his masters degree, he began his teaching in the Thousand Oaks, California area and at the same time started building my home to house the pipe organ! After losing the first home to California’s infamous brush fires, he rebuilt the house and reinstalled an even larger organ (ultimate specifications, for those who know their theater had specifications of 4 manuals 52 ranks and purchased a new Fox Special French styled console from Ken Crome). The instrument was regularly used by several Hollywood motion picture companies to augment the sound tracks for many motion pictures. John produced six CDs on the instrument before he donated the organ to the Nethercutt Collection in 2007.
Ledwon traveled giving concerts throughout Europe, the US and Australia and was also a regular on the Mike Douglas TV.
He taught mathematics and theatre arts for many years and did a small amount of concerts when asked. During this time he served as program chair and president of the Los Angeles Theatre Organ Society, chaired the 1979 American Theatre Organ Society’s (ATOS) National Convention in Los Angeles. He also served several terms as an ATOS board member and three years as ATOS President. For several years he taught theatre organ class at Pasadena City College and doubled the size of the program. He finally retired from teaching in 2000 after trying for a year to juggle teaching and his performance commitments. He is the staff organist at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in LA where he has been on staff since 1999.
He now lives in Henderson, Nevada, just south of Las Vegas, where he has just completed the installation of a 3 manual 15 rank Wurlitzer in his home. Presently, he does 5 to 10 concerts a year in various locations across the country and abroad, in addition to his commuting to the Disney theater for performances and recording.