EROI 2014: Organ and Film Festival

EROI 2014 TitleEROI 2014: Organ and Film Festival
October 23-26, 2014

We are pleased to report that the 2014 EROI Organ and Film Festival was a tremendous success! The four-day event brought to life the early-20th-century art of improvised silent film accompaniment. Through the foundational efforts of the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative (EROI), the festival featured a wide collection of new and historical instruments at the George Eastman House and local churches. Conference attendees heard outstanding performances of live, improvised organ accompaniment alongside iconic silent films, including Dryer’s 1928 classic La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc; the festival also included lectures on the history of silent film accompaniment, cue sheets at the George Eastman House, the role of music in film, and the long-standing relationship between organ and cinema.

We are indebted to all of our presenters, Eastman faculty, interns, students, attendees, and the many wonderful hosts and churches that made this event possible. A special thank you to this year’s festival sponsors:

Christ Church • Memorial Art Gallery • Third Presbyterian Church • Rochester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Rochester Theatre Organ Society • Encore Music Creations

For a complete listing of presenters and events: Download the 2014 EROI Festival Program Book

Festival Photos

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, October 23
Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue
6:30 p.m. – Pre-performance talk in the Auditorium
7:30 p.m – Silent film shorts accompanied by Edoardo Bellotti on the Italian Baroque Organ in the Fountain Court
Films include Mozart’s Last Requiem (Leon Gaumont, 1909); King Lear (Gerolamo Lo Savio, 1910); The Birth, the Life, and the Death of Christ (Alice Guy, 1906)


Friday, October 24
Third Presbyterian Church, 4 Meigs Street
7:30 p.m. Pre-performance talk
8 p.m. Ted Wilde’s 1928 comedy Speedy, with accompaniment by Tom Trenney on the Austin Organ


Saturday, October 25
Christ Church, 141 East Avenue
7:30 p.m. Pre-performance talk
8 p.m. Carl Theodor Dryer’s 1928 silent classic La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc with live improvised accompaniment by the Christ Church Schola Cantorum, and Stephen Kennedy and Edoardo Bellotti on the Craighead-Saunders Organ and the Hook & Hastings Organ


Sunday, October 26
Eisenhart Auditorium at the Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Avenue
2 p.m. Pre-performance talk
2:30 p.m. Victor Fleming’s 1920 romantic comedy, The Mollycoddle, with accompaniment by Philip Carli on the Wurlitzer Theatre Organ