The Music House presents Pizza & Pipes, a delicious gourmet pizza dinner and a very special concert from organist, Andrew Rogers, on the ‘Mighty Wurlizter’ theater organ. Enjoy a great dinner and dessert with great music. Doors open at 6 pm for dinner, with the concert around 6:30 pm. This is a very popular event so reservations required by July 19. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under, and are available at musichouse.org or by calling 231-398-9300.
Andrew Rogers is one of our favorite performers and frequently accompanies our silent films. A resident of Fenton, Michigan, Andr ew began his musical studies on the accordion at seven, winning local and National competitions playing transcriptions of classical orchestral music. He later appeared in the orchestra of Broadway productions at Michigan State University where he holds his degree, with honors, in Psychology.
Andrews will be performing on the Music House's 1924 Wurlitzer Opus 881 theater organ, purchased in 1985, was completed in late spring of 2005. Our ‘Cinderella’ Wurlitzer first found its home at the Cinderella Theater on Jefferson Ave. in Detroit, MI and was played from 1924 to 1949. The theater was closed in the 1970's and there is now a parking lot at its former location. During the renovation, the instrument’s specification was expanded with the addition of three ranks of pipes and it was modernized mechanically.
He studied theater organ techniques with the late Fr. James Miller, and then augmented his studies with Dr. Marilyn Mason at the University of Michigan while she was on sabbatical. He accompanied Fr. Jim on his second tour of Australia and Norfolk Island, appearing both in joint concerts and solo engagements, also, traveling on two Historic Organ Tours led by Dr. Mason covering France, Italy, and Switzerland.
He is on staff at the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor. He has also performed for local AGO chapters. A few years ago he quit his 17-year job at a travel agency to focus more on music and scoring silent films.