OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma History Center will present the October performance of its Kilgen Organ series on Monday, October 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The featured organist will be Bernie Anderson, who will accompany the 1929 restored version of the film “The Phantom of the Opera.” Tickets are $10 for Oklahoma Historical Society members and $20 for nonmembers, and may be reserved by calling 405-522-0765. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Oklahoma History Center is located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City.
Anderson is not only an accomplished and world-renowned theater organ performer, but is also well known in the field for scoring and performing original theater organ music to accompany silent films. Anderson studied orchestration with Danny Troob, orchestrator for Disney animated films such as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin” and “Enchanted.” He also worked as orchestration assistant for Tony award-winning orchestrator Douglas Besterman on such Broadway shows as “Big,” “King David,” “The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular,” “Fosse” and “Seussical the Musical.”
“All my film scores are original compositions which are historically correct,” said Anderson. “No music has been used in more than one score and I try to incorporate original scores or songs specifically written for the movie when available.”
The Oklahoma History Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, National Archives and is an accredited member of the American Alliance of Museums. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.