Family Day – Saturday June 21, 2014

“A Family Festival for the King of Instruments”

Admission for the entire day: FREE

A day of discovery and sonic adventure for children and the young at heart.


Presented in joyous anticipation of the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in the great city of Boston the public is invited to take part in a festive day of performances, interactive activities, fun sing-alongs, silent film presentations, hands on discovery and more, all focusing on the King of Instruments: the Pipe Organ!


10:00 AM – 3:45 PM Old South Church
645 Boylston St, Boston, MA


Skinner Organ Company, Op. 308 — 1921

Skinner Organ Company, Op. 308 — 1921

Old South Church in Boston will be the location for rolling performances showcasing the massive pipe organ played by exciting performers. Along with being able to experience the working of a pipe organ close up, the public is welcome to drop in to hear a variety of events included presentations of “Peter and the Wolf”, breath taking musical showstoppers, not so silent films, “Pricilla and Paul Principal find a Home”, an interactive tableau for children and sing-alongs of “The Sound of Music”, “The Wizard of OZ”, and “The Little Mermaid”.



11:00 AM – 3:00 PM In the Chapel

Enjoy some ‘hands on’ time with pipes and the pipe organ in the Gordon Chapel. Come enjoy the organ, play games, and view all things ‘organ’.


10:00 AM – 3:45 PM in the Sanctuary (come and go as you please)


10:00 AM  “The Organ is Awesome”

The artists of the day play a few awesome Toccatas and other exciting pieces.

Vierne Symphony 3 – Movement 1

 Pink Panther Suite

Guilmant I Final

10:30 AM  “Pricilla and Paul Principal find a home and make new friends”

A adventure story-musical improvisation that cover the different families of tone in the pipe organ with a charming story.

 10:45 AM  “Silent Film Hilarity”

“Liberty,” starring Laurel and Hardy

 11:15 AM  “Sound of Music” Sing Along

11:30 AM  ” Peter and the Wolf”, a narrated organ adventure

12:00 Noon “The Organ is Awesome”

“Candide Overture” 

“Mary Poppins Suite”

Tchaikovsky “Danse de coupes” from SWAN LAKE

 12:30 PM  “Wizard of Oz”  Sing along

12:45 PM  “In a Persian Market”

Children get to play characters in a tableau based on the Ketelby Piece.

 1:00 PM Silent Film Hilarity

“Big Business,” starring Laurel and Hardy

 1:30 PM “Little Mermaid” Sing along

1:45 PM “Fantasia”

Excepts from Walt Disney’s FANTASIA including Toccata and Fugue in d minor. Live organ accompanies the famous Stokowski Segment on Screen.

 2:00 PM Music from the Golden Age of Cinema

2:15 PM “Peter and the Wolf” A narrated organ adventure

2:45 PM Silent Film Hilarity

“The Rink” with Charlie Chaplin

 3:00 PM Sing Along

When you wish upon a star

It’s a Small World

Artists for the Morning Activities

Peter Krasinski

Peter Krasinski

Nicole Marane

Nicole Marane

Jonathan Ortloff
Jonathan Ortloff








Peter Kraskinski                          Nicole Marane                           Jonathan Ortloff



 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Two Classic Silent Movies with live Organ Accompaniment

 7:00 PM Church of the Covenant
67 Newbury St, Boston, MA

This evening, two silent classic movies will be presented in a church that closely echoes the look and feel of a movie palace of days gone by. This evening will appeal to the whole family.




Cops is a 1922 comedy short silent film about a young man (Buster Keaton) who accidentally gets on the bad side of the entire Los Angeles Police Department during a parade, and is chased all over town. It was written and directed by Edward F. Cline and Keaton.




Speedy Scene

Speedy Scene

Speedy is a 1928 silent film whose plot revolves around Harold ‘Speedy’ Swift’s attempts to save the last horse-drawn streetcar in New York. The film contrasts the speed of life of the contemporary city with the pace of yesteryear, represented by this non-motorized mode of transport. Yankees star Babe Ruth plays one of ‘Speedy’s’ hapless passengers.





“Cops” is accompanied by the energetic Jonathan Ortloff and “SPEEDY” is accompanied by international sonic artist, Peter Krasinski.

Jonathan Ortloff

Jonathan Ortloff

Peter Krasinski
Peter Krasinski









Family Organ Encounter Day is generously supported by the Centennial Millennium Fund of the New York City AGO Chapter, IBM Corporation, the Boston AGO Chapter, and the Special Projects Committee of the San Francisco AGO Chapter.