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Chasing Choo Choos & The General – Kimball Organ Silent Movie with Organist Clark Wilson

Thursday, May 16 @ 7:00 pm

$10 – $12.50
Kimball Organ presents Silent Film Series: Chasing Choo Choos & The General


All aboard! Embark on a nostalgic ride through the golden age of silent cinema at the second installment of The Lerner Theatre’s 2024 Silent Film Series showing “Chasing Choo Choos” and “The General!” This spectacular series is presented by The Friends of the Lerner and Sponsored by the Community Foundation of Elkhart County.

Silent movies are anything but silent. Transport yourself into the golden era of cinema as renowned organist Clark Wilson performs a captivating selection of the classic silent films “Chasing Choo Choos” and “The General.”

“Chasing Choo Choos” showcases a delightful journey filled with comedic escapades set against the rhythmic chugging of steam engines and the thrill of railway adventures. Shortly after, Buster Keaton’s epic masterpiece, “The General,” unfolds against the backdrop of a Civil War-era locomotive, weaving a tale of romance, daring pursuits, and breathtaking train sequences. The Kimball Organ’s resounding notes will enhance the drama and intensity, adding a layer of emotion to both of these cinematic gems.

The Lerner invites you to come aboard and experience the magic of these iconic films, brought to life by the enchanting melodies of The Lerner Theatre’s restored 1924 Kimball Organ played live during the movies. The magnificent sound of this historic instrument adds a layer of nostalgia and authenticity unlike any other.

Kimball Organist: Clark Wilson

A native of Ohio, Clark Wilson began his musical training at age nine.  While growing up he accompanied numerous stage musicals and was organist at several churches.  At this time, he was listed in “Who’s Who in the Midwest” and “Men of Achievement”. He also holds Life Member status in the International Tri-M Music Honor Society and is listed in “Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals”.

Following several years with the Schantz Organ Company as a reed voicer and tonal finisher.  Clark’s professional playing career began with his appointment to the featured organist post at Pipe Organ Pizza in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He has since been on the playing staffs at the Paramount Music Palace in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Pipes and Pizza in Lansing, Illinois, and is currently associated with Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa, Arizona, where he is on the organ staff as well as having assisted with the planning and installation of the world’s largest Wurlitzer organ

About the Instrument:

The 1924 Kimball pipe organ located in Elkhart, Indiana’s Lerner Theatre is one of only three Kimball pipe organs currently installed in its original location. The organ was restored following the 2011 renovation of the theatre which opened on Thanksgiving Day, 1924. After the restoration, a crew of nearly 20 from Bunn-Minnick Pipe Organs of Columbus, Ohio, spent three weeks hoisting equipment and filling the two pipe chambers with more than 1,000 pipes. The project absorbed nearly 10,000 man-hours for the crew over a year.


Thursday, May 16
7:00 pm
Cost (plus fees)
$10 – $12.50
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The Lerner Theatre
410 South Main Street
Elkhart, IN 46516 United States
(574) 293-4469

Tickets (plus fees)

General Admission
Adult: $12.50 Senior: $10.00 Child: $10.00

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