Dave Calendine blew into the Windy City in February to entertain his CTOS and CATOE friends at the Allen Organs Chicago Showroom. He opened with a video of himself playing the specially built Allen 4 manual stadium organ at Little Caesars Arena for a home game of the Detroit Red Wings against the Blackhawks. He then segued into a rousing “Rock Around the Clock” and “Pick Yourself Up” on the TO-5Q Allen. Thanks, Dave for a very insightful afternoon.
Nick is a native of Chicago and is a freelance percussionist, historian, and instrument collector. An active performer with professional orchestras all over the country, he’s a graduate of Boston University and holds two advanced degrees from The Boston Conservatory.
As a collector, White has assembled the largest collection of drummer’s sound effect instruments in the World. He presented the various instruments and their sounds on 1/20/19 to the capacity crowd and accompanied organist Jay Warren on two silent movie productions.
Nathan Avakian performed this past weekend at Allen Organs in Bolingbrook, IL. He shared his distinctive talents with the audience that showcased a contemporary silent film accompaniment that was produced by students from the International Youth Silent Film Festival. Thank you, Nathan, for a most enjoyable afternoon of innovative entertainment.
Dave Calendine, the Detroit Fox and Red Wing’s organist, performed this past weekend at Allen Organs in Bolingbrook, IL. He shared his thoughts about comrade Blackhawks organist, Frank Pellico, talked about how it’s done in Detroit and performed on our TO5.
Thank you, Dave, for the fun afternoon last Saturday. We thoroughly enjoyed listening to your unique arrangements on our Allen TO5. Glad to know that you have a new Allen STR4 at Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit that energizes the crowd for your home games.
On Sunday, August 5, 2018, Allen Organs of Chicago is hosting a Theatre Organ Concert with renowned theatre organist, Nathan Avakian. Since winning the ATOS Young Organist Competition in 2009, Nathan has provided theatre organ entertainment throughout the U.S. and internationally, completing a six-week concert tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Nathan currently serves as resident organist for the International Youth Silent Film Festival and served as the Youth Representative on the ATOS Board of Directors from 2011-2013. He is currently based on New York City.
Doors open at 2:30 pm for the 3:00 program. Admission is free.
Please join us in our Bolingbrook Showroom on Saturday, July 7, 2018 to hear the amazing Dave Calendine perform on the Allen TO-5Q theatre organ. Dave’s extensive background has led to concert tours throughout the U.S., Canada, Germany and Switzerland, playing to packed houses. Dave currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Theatre Organ Society, Detroit’s Motor City Theatre Organ Society and numerous other positions in his hometown of Taylor, Michigan.
Doors open at 1:30 pm for the 2:00 program. Admission is free.
Ken Double performed this past Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Allen Organ in Bolingbrook, IL, bringing his great style of play, a delightful repertoire of music and personal insight into the history of theatre organ.
Ken Double, past president of the American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS), noted that Chicago will host the 2021 ATOS annual convention.
Thank you, Mr. Double, for a beautiful performance! You were a hit with everyone in attendance.
On May 20, 2018 Allen Organs Chicago hosted Dave Wickerham in concert to a standing room only crowd at their Bolingbrook, IL showroom. Dave graced us with his musical talent for a full 2 hours that we’ve edited into a 13-minute medley of songs for you to enjoy once again. Thank you, Dave, for a most memorable day.
This Sunday, May 20, 2018, Allen Organs of Chicago is hosting a Theatre Organ Concert with world class guest organist, Dave Wickerham. Dave has performed to audiences across the U.S., various chapters of ATOS and toured Australia and New Zealand receiving rave reviews. Please join us for what is to be an inspirational performance. Doors open at 2:30 pm. The concert begins at 3:00 pm. Admission is free. Please bring a refreshment to share.