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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 at 7:30 pm

Join us for an enchanted evening at the movies! Acclaimed theater organist Jonathan Ortloff improvises an accompaniment to the 1925 production of Gaston Leroux’s spooky tale of mayhem at the Paris Opera House. Family friendly!


His scholarly interests, mainly in the fields of organ history and preservation, have led to publication in The American Organist, Theatre Organ, The Diapason, and The Tracker. He currently serves on the Organ Historical Society’s Publications Governing Board.A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Jonathan makes his home in Boston, spending his free time skiing, hiking or paddling the mountains and streams of New England.


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An organ builder, scholar and classical and theatre organist, Jonathan Ortloff holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester in organ performance and interdisciplinary engineering. While at Eastman, he was a student of David Higgs and studied improvisation under William Porter.


Jonathan is the founder and president of Ortloff Organ Company, LLC, Boston-based organ builders and restorers. He apprenticed under organbuilder and pipemaker Stephen Russell, and subsequently worked for Spencer Organ Co. of Waltham, MA. He has previously worked for C.B. Fisk, Paul Fritts & Company, and Jonathan Ambrosino.

As a performer, Jonathan has excelled as a young theatre organist, winning the American Theatre Organ Society’s 2008 Young Theatre Organist Competition. He has been a featured performer at national conventions of ATOS, the Organ Historical Society, and the American Guild of Organists and has two recordings to his credit: Clang Clang Clang recorded in 2009, and Roll Out the Big Guns, recorded live in 2010. Both albums feature drummer Allan Ward.


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