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Chills and Thrills: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

October 27, 2018

8:00 pm

Grace Cathedral will transform into a grand movie palace for special Halloween screenings of director Wallace Worsley’s immortal 1923 silent film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, starring Lon Chaney and featuring a live score performed on Grace’s famous pipe organ by renowned organist and composer Dorothy Papadakos. Currently a member of the GRAMMY-winning Paul Winter Consort and former Cathedral Organist of New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Papadakos has accompanied the greatest silent films in venues around the world.

Universal’s most successful silent film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame was a sensation upon its release, bringing the oft-told story of love and redemption in 15th century Paris to vivid life through lavish sets and a literal cast of thousands. Dubbed “The Man of a Thousand Faces,” Chaney created his own extravagant makeup and prosthesis for his star-making role as the half-deaf, half-blind hunchback Quasimodo, the ostracized bell ringer at the iconic Paris cathedral who makes the ultimate sacrifice for love.

This performance will take full advantage of the cathedral’s 7,466 pipe Aeolian-Skinner organ, an historic instrument installed in 1934 that has been played by many of the world’s great organists and earned a place in jazz history as well, being employed for the premiere of Duke Ellington’s Concert of Sacred Musicand pianist Vince Guaraldi’s Jazz Mass, both in 1965.

About Dorothy Papadakos

Dorothy Papadakos came to international attention as the first woman to be Cathedral Organist of the world’s largest gothic cathedral, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, from 1990-2003. She is celebrated for her daring and imaginative improvisations and scores for theatre, film, television and ballet. Her new musical Bacchus smashed box office records in its rave review world premiere in NC and is in development for production. She is a renowned international performer, popular for her sold-out silent film programs, specializing in Charlie Chaplin and Lon Chaney.


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