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Renowned Organist Presents Grand Finale Concert

Story By: Brigitte Coles



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  Original Published: 9/9/2013The Renaissance Theater presented it's Grand Season Finale Organ Concert Sunday afternoon. Renowned organist John Lauter performed classic tunes on the Mighty Wurlizter Theatre Organ and also accompanied the silent movie "The General,' starring Buster Keaton. Lauter, a native of Detroit, has been presenting theatre organ concerts for over 25 years. He made is first concert debut at the Redford theatre at age 16. Lauter said he enjoyed playing the music for the silent movie "The General." The movie is about a Southern railroad engineer who loves his train engine, The General, as much as he loves the woman of his dreams Annabelle Lee. Lauter has performed throughout the world. He has presented major organ concerts throughout the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. Awards were also presented during the event to the winners from the 2012 Midwest Region International Youth Silent Film Festival. First place honors went to Maeve Donley, Fiona Donley, Gillian and Islay Donley, from Manfield for the horror movie titled "Agression." Second place honors went to Kyle Miller, Matt Youse and Noah Eckstein from Lexington for the horror movie titled, "The String Theory." There was a tie this year for third place. The honors went to Tyler Elkins and Zack Channell from Plymouth for the slapstick movie titled "Julia and Hubert," Benjamin Slater and Josh Van Haen from Greenville, Michigan, were honored for their horror movie titled "Last."
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