Clark Wilson to perform music for the silent movie 'Steamboat Bill, Jr.' for next PipeSounds concert

Clark Wilson Professional organist Clark Wilson will perform the music to the film "Steamboat Bill, Jr.' starring Buster Keaton , for the PipeSounds concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 9, at Forrest Burdette United Methodist Church in Hurricane.

Steamboat Bill,Jr.

The Putnam Herald

Friday, February 23, 2018

HURRICANE PipeSounds, with the Putnam County Bank sponsoring the event, welcomes Clark Wilson back to Hurricane to perform on the world-class Harrah Symphonic Organ.

Wilson, one of the most prominent and recognized scorers of silent photoplays in America, will perform the music for the annual "Silent Movie" event at Forrest Burdette United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 9. This year's classic film will be "Steamboat Bill, Jr." starring Buster Keaton.

Wilson works exclusively on the organ in developing accurate and historic musical accompaniments as they were performed in major picture palaces during the heyday of silent film era.

He began his musical training at the age of 9 and while growing up, he accompanied numerous stage musicals. Wilson began his scoring career in 1980 and has successfully toured North America with hundreds of film presentations at schools, universities, performing arts centers, theatres, film festivals and conventions. Clark has been the Resident Organist at the Ohio Theatre for the Columbus Associate for Performing Arts since 1992 and is responsible for all the music during the annual classic movie series.

"Steamboat Bill, Jr." is a 1928 silent comedy film starring Buster Keaton. Released by United Artists, the film is the last product of Keaton's independent production team and set of gag writers. It was the last picture Keaton made for United Artists.

Keaton (William Canton) plays the owner and captain of an aging paddle steamer and is in serious competition with a luxurious riverboat owner (John James King). The plot of the movie thickens when Canton's son comes home from college and becomes smitten with King's daughter. Before the movie ends, thrills and excitement will have you on the edge of your seat.

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