Bloomington audiences are in for a Halloween treat: master organist and Indiana University alumnus Dennis James will return to IU Auditorium to accompany the legendary silent film The Phantom of the Opera (1925) with his own extraordinary musical score. In 1969, James was an undergraduate bachelor of music organ major at IU, likely headed for a job as a church musician. He describes a tense campus atmosphere characterized by reactions to the peak of the Vietnam War, complete with widespread protests throughout Bloomington. "The campus had just been taken over, and it happened that there was a need for comic relief," James said. "I provided it with my silent film scoring debut with Phantom of the Opera using the school auditorium's then-new four-manual Schantz classical pipe organ."
Price: $14-$19 general public, $8-$18 IU Bloomington students