Journées de la culture: a public organ just for you!

Date August 27, 2015 Author Alexia Jensen Categories Upcoming Events

A themed edition

From September, 25th to 27th, arts and culture are taking over the city of Montreal, with almost 2,000 events happening for all ages. This year's edition is a special one because the Journées de la culture have decided to promote one specific artistic domain every year, starting in 2015 with cinema.

Awesome, isn't it? But what does that have to do with the CIOC? Watch this: organ music does have a strong presence in theater and cinema, and Dracula: dead and loving it, by Mel Brooks (1995) is just one of the many examples!

The organ is invited in theaters

During the Universal Exposition in 1900, Paris, the talented organist and organ maker Charles Mutin, succeeding to Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, presented this organ to play and accompany cinematographic projections.

Popular in silent films, the instrument was more and more used in american movies before being exported in Europe, notably with Wurlitzer's famous organs. Some examples of movies include the Phantom of the Opera, Lon Chaney (1925) or, more recently, Pirates of the Caribbeans: at world's end by Gore Verbinski (2006). Watch HERE!


On September, 26th, let the organ play!

In collaboration with the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, the CIOC will take part of the Journées de la culture on September, 26th, starting at 11 am. An organ placed outside the Jeunesses musicales du Canada's home, corner avenue Mont-Royal and Henri-Julien, will be available for you to play on: you can show your hidden talents or improvise with your friends a song and dance around the organ. Details here!


You have a passion for movies with organ music? Share your favorites ones on the CIOC Facebook and Twitter pages!