Thursday, September 28, 2023

Silent Film with Live Improvised Accompaniment This Sunday

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Watch a classic horror film in the darkened Duke Chapel with a live, improvised soundtrack. Organist Peter Richard Conte will accompany the silent film The Phantom of the Opera (1925) at a special concert in our Organ Recital Series this Sunday, October 1, at 5:00 p.m.

Admission is free. Interest in this event is high; please plan to arrive early to park and get seated. Paid parking is available on a first-come-first-served basis in the Bryan Center Garage at 125 Science Drive. ADA parking is available in the surface lot at the same address.

Instagram users who attend the event can have fun using a custom filter to take photos of themselves in the Chapel "wearing" a phantom mask. To access the filter, use a phone with the Instagram app and tap here.

Conte is the Wanamaker Grand Court Organist at Macy’s Center City in Philadelphia. One the most admired "orchestral" organists of this era, he has presided over the world's largest fully functioning musical instrument at Macy's Center City in Philadelphia since 1989. According to a review in The American Organist, "Conte's brilliance in registration is incredible, his playing credibly, refreshingly excellent. Fabulous." He is highly regarded as a skillful performer of the standard organ repertoire, arranger of orchestral and popular transcriptions, and silent film accompanist.