7377 U.S. 31
Williamsburg, MI 49690
Red Wing organist Dave Calendine has chosen a classic, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, for our second film in our Silent Film Series. Lon Chaney’s performance and make-up as the kind-hearted and misunderstood Quasimodo make this a masterpiece. It takes place in fifteenth century Paris, where Jehan, the evil brother of the good archdeacon, Claude Frollo, plots with the gypsy king to foment a peasant revolt. Meanwhile, a freakish hunchback, Quasimodo, falls in love with Esmeralda the gypsy queen. The film is full of intrigue, romance and drama.
Dave Calendine as a young organ student, visited the Akron Civic Theater, where organist Lyn Larsen performed on The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. Dave was wowed by this incredible pipe organ. At l6, Dave was offered a job playing the Wurlitzer at the theater. He played there for three years and eventually went on to perform on several theatre organs around Ohio, the US and overseas. Now a resident of the Detroit area, Dave is a staff organist at The Fox Theater, is the organist for The Detroit Red Wings, performs at The Redford Theater and at his church as well as concerts at the Sanfillipo Foundation in Illinois, and at the national Music Box Society International conventions. Dave is a frequent performer for our silent film series at the Music House Museum on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ, which made its way “up north”.