This weekend, the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative and Film/Music cluster of the University of Rochester will host the Organ and Film Festival. This four-day event is a celebration of the art of organ accompaniment to silent film, and will feature silent film presentations from the early 1900's at a different Rochester location on each of the four nights. The festival begins with a screening of several short films — "Mozart's Last Requiem" (1909); "King Lear" (1910); and "The Birth, the Life, and the Death of Christ" (1906) — at the Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Avenue) on Thursday, October 23, at 7:30 p.m. with accompaniment by Edoardo Bellotti on the Italian Baroque Organ.
On Friday, October 24, Tom Trenney, on the Austin Organ, will accompany "Speedy" (1928) at Third Presbyterian Church (4 Meigs Street), 8 p.m. On Saturday, October 25, the festival will screen "La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc" (1928) with accompaniment by the Christ Church Schola Cantorum, and Stephen Kennedy and Edoardo Bellotti on the Craighead-Saunders Organ and the Hook & Hastings Organ. The screening is at Christ Church (141 East Avenue), 8 p.m. And on Sunday, October 26, Philip Carli, on the Wurlitzer Theatre Organ, will accompany "The Mollycoddle" (1920), at the Rochester Museum and Science Center (657 East Avenue), 2:30 p.m.
Presentations and discussions exploring film and music studies will also be held before each screening. Festival goers will be able to take a guided tour of the George Eastman House and the Eastman School of Music's photoplay organ practice room. Attendance fees vary per screening. Visit esm.rochester.edu/organ/eroi for a full schedule of screenings, locations, and prices.