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Silent film festival to feature lost art of live organ accompaniment
Award-winning organist to perform original works for four classic films
CHAUMONT – Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 7:00pm, the Lyme Community Foundation is hosting The Lost Art of Silent Film Accompaniment, a silent film festival featuring award-winning North Country organist Jason Comet. The presentation will be held at the historic Chaumont Presbyterian Church on State Route 12e in the Village of Chaumont. Four classic silent shorts will be featured on the big screen: Felix in Hollywood (1923), Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde (1912), Dr. Pyckyll and Mr. Pryde (1925), and The Goat (1921) starring Buster Keaton. Mr. Comet will introduce each film and accompany the films with his originally compiled scores.  The organ is provided by L. A. Carlson Organ Co., East Greenbush, NY - Full-Service Pipe Organs, Digital Organs, Combination Organs and Organ Maintenance.
Mr. Comet, a 2000 graduate of Watertown High School, received his Bachelors of Music degree in Sacred Music and Organ at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ.  Classically-trained in both organ and piano, Jason Comet is equally at home playing theatre-style music on theatre organs, Pop music on modern digital pianos and organs, and classical music on the mighty pipe (and digital) organs. His classical organ training was with Mr. Ken Cowan and Dr. Matthew Lewis of Westminster Choir College.
 
In May 2010, he won first place in the Roland Atelier Organ Fest competition in the Professional Division in Los Angeles. He has had the opportunity to work with many of the world's finest musicians and conductors and has performed with the New York Philharmonic under the batons of Sir Charles Dutoit, Sir Colin Davis, Ricardo Muti, Joseph Flummerfelt, and many others.  
 
He has traveled throughout the world as a featured performer, playing on many of the magnificent organs including St. Peter’s Bascillica (Vatican in Rome, Italy), the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ in Macy’s in Philadelphia, many churches in New York City, and the Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel in Colorado Springs, CO. Jason has also performed with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, as well as Carnegie Hall.
 
He has musically directed and conducted numerous theatrical productions, several times being the only musician to play the whole show score as a one-man-orchestra.  He is the founder and Head Instructor of Comet Music Studio in Watertown, specifically teaching group piano lessons for kids ages 5 and up.  He also presents workshops for churches without an organist.
 
Suggested admission for the event is a $10 donation.
 
Felix in Hollywood - Pat Sullivan Studio - 1923 - 8 minutes
Felix in Hollywood is a 1923 short featuring Felix the Cat. In the episode, Felix goes to Hollywood and meets Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, William S. Hart, Will Hays, Snub Pollard & Ben Turpin, in the first animated cartoon to feature caricatures of Hollywood celebrities. It was named #50 of The 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time in a 1994 survey of animators and cartoon historians by Jerry Beck, making it the only Felix the Cat cartoon on the list.


Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Thanhouser Company staring James Cruze - 1912 - 12 minutes
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1912 horror film based on both Robert Louis Stevenson's novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) and on the play version (1887) of Thomas Russell Sullivan. Directed by Lucius Henderson, the film stars actor (later noted film director) James Cruze as the dual role of Jekyll/Hyde.


Dr. Pykyll and Mr. Pryde - Joe Rock Comedies staring Stan Laurel - 1925 - 21 minutes
Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde is a 1925 silent, black-and-white comedy film, directed by Scott Pembroke and Joe Rock (also the producer). The film itself is both a spoof of the previous Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde films (e.g. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920 film) and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1912 film)) and the well-famed novel by Robert Louis Stevenson Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The film stars Stan Laurel as the title characters.


The Goat - staring Buster Keaton - 1921 - 27 minutes
The Goat is a 1921 short comedy film written, directed by and starring comedian Buster Keaton.

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