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A Non-Profit Educational and Caretaking Corporation
Dedicated to the preservation, performance and enjoyment of the "King of Instruments"



August 21st

2:00 p.m.

Meridian Temple Theater

Meridian, MS

Arguably Buster Keaton's finest two-reeler, Cops is the perfect distillation of the appeal of this gifted artist. One cannot help but feel great sympathy for the lead character, all the while laughing at his unfortunate circumstances. Yet in the midst of being suckered out of his (stolen) fortune and finding himself wrongly suspected of an act of terrorism, Buster never for a minute expresses a hint of self pity. He brilliantly deals with the circumstances as they unfold while his face exudes a calmness and confidence that seem quite contradictory to the madness that surrounds him . Every second of this film is wonderfully entertaining. The ending is typical Keaton - satisfying and very funny.

A Trip to the Moon (French: Le Voyage dans la Lune)[a] is a 1902 French silent film directed by Georges Méliès. Inspired by a wide variety of sources, including Jules Verne's novels From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon, the film follows a group of astronomers who travel to the Moon in a cannon-propelled capsule, explore the Moon's surface, escape from an underground group of Selenites (lunar inhabitants), and return to Earth with a captive Selenite.

Artist Dolton McAlpin



November 20, 2016

Home of Frank & Gean Evans

2:00 p.m.

Artist to be announced

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The MTOS work group will meet Tuesday 6:15 p.m. Our crew chief will text the meeting place each Tuesday.
Project: Working on things to do with Pipe Organs!

Come join us we're always learning and improving our skills, be it rebuilding / restoring organ chest or what ever it takes to make it work.

The Temple Theater in Meridian, MS houses one of only two remaining Theater Organs installed in it's original location in the State of Mississippi. Both this organ - and it's sibling at the Saenger Theater in Hattiesburg are under the care of the Magnolia Chapter of the American Theater Organ Society, as well as several other organ - smaller and larger - installed in private residences around the state. Magnolia Chapter membership is open to anyone with an interest in preserving, playing and enjoying these magnificent King of Instruments. You can click here - or on the picture above for more pictures of the Temple Theater.

Here - Chapter member Frank Evans is testing the organ after some repairs.
This is the console of the Temple's Robert Morton 3/8 Theater Organ.
Noted as a "3/8" as it has three full keyboards - controlling 8 "ranks" or voices of pipes.
You can click here - or on the picture - for more pictures of this organ.

Where the music comes from

Here is just one small section of the left pipe chamber. Part of the organ's "percussion instruments" are seen in the background - in this case bass and snare drums, and a cymbal. These non-tuned percussive instruments - along with many others such as duck calls, car horns, whistles, etc. form part of the unique section known as the Toy Counter which allow the organist to produce many of the familiar sound effects needed to accompany silent movies. The pipes to the right are part of the Vox-Humana rank - the pipes are designed to mimic the human voice in the "choir" of the organ. At the very top of the picture - behind the drums, are the swell shades - and the "motors" that operate them. The individual pipes speak at one volume - there is no individual control over their loudness. However - each chamber has a set of "shades" - that cover the opening into the theater. These shades are controlled by the swell shoes on the console - which the organists operates with his feet. By opening and closing the swell shades - the organist can control the volume of each chamber into the theater.

If these mighty instruments interest you - come on and join us in keeping these wonderful gifts from the past making beautiful music!

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