Itâ€™s not hard to see the history of CSU around campus, but one lesser-known treasure, tucked away in the Lory Student Center Theatre, made its final contribution to students and Fort Collins residents last night. Â
A 1927 Wulitzer Theatre Organ has been apart of CSU since 1983 as a donation from Marian Cook in memory of her husband John Brown Cook.
The organ will be disassembled and put away in a climate controlled storage unit until further notice while the LSC Theatre goes through renovations, according to ASAP General Programming Coordinator, L.J. Ankarlo.
â€œIt will not go back inside the theatre immediately after the renovation, but our first priority is to keep it within CSU,â€ Ankarlo said.
Fort Collins residents John and Joan Leach expressed their appreciation for the organ and their excitement at the opportunity to see it performed.
â€œItâ€™d be a shame to lose something like this,â€ John Leach said. â€œItâ€™s an era thatâ€™s long gone and may never come back again in the digital age, but hopefully it will find a good home.â€
Bob Castle, the resident organist at the Paramount Theatre in Denver, performed the soundtrack to the 1920 silent film â€œThe Mark of Zorro.â€
The Wurlitzer organ was originally used as accompaniment to silent films. Â Although it has the appearance of multiple pianos, the organ provides the sounds of a full orchestra.
â€œThereâ€™s a big disconnect between a silent movie and organ in todayâ€™s age, and people see entertainment differently,â€ John Leach said. â€œI would hope young people would enjoy this as much.â€ Â
First year graduate student of music Charlie Vavv voiced interest in bringing this type of music back to the campus.
â€œI think it shouldnâ€™t be stored away and should be included in the new design of the theater,â€ he said. Â
As a part of its farewell performances, the Wulitzer organ will be performed in the LSC Theatre March 11 at 7:30 p.m. but will not be accompanying a movie. Â
Instead, Kevin Utter and Doug Thompson will be performing more traditional organ music. Â Harold Ferguson will also be performing on saxophone. Â This event is free and open to the public. Â Â Â
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