The Music Hall Ballroom came alive on Thursday, May 15, 2014, for another exciting Wurlitzer concert - ''That's Entertainment!'' By popular demand, R. Jelani Eddington returned for his third performance at the keyboard of the Albee Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. Audiences at the two concerts enjoyed songs ranging from showstoppers and features from operettas to two-tapping favorites.
Eddington, who is a lawyer, grew up in a musical family. He won the American Theatre Organ Society's Young Theatre Organist Competition when he was 13 and, in 2001, was names ATOS Theatre Organist Of The Year, the youngest-ever recipient of the honor.
Adria Caffaro and Joseph Lattanzi performed courtesy of The Cincinnati Opera. Both artists are part of the Cincinnati Opera/The Corbett Foundation Opera Fusion Program, which offers a vast array of opportunities to talented students, from singers to scenic artists.
Eddington and SPMH president Don Siekmann acknowledged Ron Wehmeier, the pipe organ technician who refurbished and maintains the Mighty Wurlitzer. During intermission, Wehmeier gave attendees an opportunity to go behind the scenes to see the "guts" of the organ. Read about the Albee Mighty Wurlitzer in Music Hall, and see photos of the organ and installation.
Performance Song List
''Things Are Looking Up'' from A Damsel in Distress
''My Funny Valentine''from Babes in Arms
A duet by Adria Caffaro and Joseph Lattanzi from the operetta Maytime
Anything Goes sung by Adria Caffaro
''Putting on the Ritz'' sung by Joseph Lattanzi
Medley from Swing Time
''Pick Yourself Up''
''The Way You Look Tonight''
''Never Gonna Dance''
''Waltz in Swing Time''
''Something's Gotta Give''
''It's De-Lovely'' sung by Adria Caffaro
''Stout Hearted Men'' sung by Joseph Lattanzi
A Medley from Phantom of the Opera
''Bacchanale'' from Samson et Dalila
An untitled encore
Cincinnati Arts Association
The Music Hall Operations Staff
Pebble Creek Group
This concert was presented in cooperation with the Ohio Valley Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society.
Photographs provided by Philip Groshong, Philip Groshong Photography.