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Jean Oelrich
Director of Communications
(714) 876-2380

Pacific Symphony Brings Acclaimed Silent Film Organist Dennis James To Perform His Revamped "Phantom Of The Opera" Soundtrack On March 17

Orange County, CA — February 27, 2019

Pacific Symphony brings silent film organist Dennis James to the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall to perform on the iconic William J. Gillespie pipe organ on Sunday, March 17 at 3 p.m. James will play the chilling organ accompaniment to the horror classic, “Phantom of the Opera,” while the 1925 black-and-white film starring Lon Chaney is projected on a huge high-definition screen above the stage. This concert is part of 2018-19 Pipes and Pedals series, sponsored by Valerie and Barry Hon. Tickets for the show start at $10, and are available by calling the Box Office at (714) 755-5799 or visiting Pacific Symphony’s website,

“Phantom of the Opera” is the tale of a lonely and deformed organist’s pursuit of love. Attempting to boost the career of the women of his affection from a starlet into a celebrity, the organist haunts the corridors of the Paris Opera House, infamously transforming into the “Opera Ghost.” Originally published as a novel in 1910 by Gaston Leroux, the story was adapted into a horror film in 1925 by the founder of Universal Studios, Carl Laemmle. Despite encountering its own production drawbacks while filming, the adaptation’s success eventually inspired the now-classic Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway musical in 1986. Interestingly, although the overwhelming success of the Webber musical, in part because of its haunting and hypnotic score, the 1925 film soundtrack composed by J. Carl Briel was lost to history until Dennis James conjured his own hybrid score. James took on the monstrous task of creating a score that embodies the unfolding drama with a plethora of note colors, textures and the commanding lines of a pipe organ to characterize the “Phantom” himself.


About Dennis James

Dennis James has dedicated his professional career to the theatrical traditions of organ performance and furthering public interest in the pipe organ. From the time he began performing concerts while still in his teens, James has been at the top of the organ profession. He has played virtually everywhere pipe organs are to be found, from the spectacular movie palaces throughout the United States and Canada, to the most prestigious concert halls and theaters in Europe and Asia.

For more than 40 years, Dennis James has played a pivotal role in the international revival of silent films with live music. Beginning as an accompanist for university screenings, James now tours worldwide under the auspices of his Silent Film Concerts production company, presenting professional silent film programs with accompaniments ranging from solo piano or theatre organ, to chamber ensembles and full symphony orchestras. Performing to film at an ever-increasing number of sites throughout the world, James is celebrated for providing the most comprehensive selection of authentic silent films with live music presentations available today. James recently performed sellout silent film programs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at Meyerson Symphony Center, and his international silent film presentations have been seen most recently in Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, England, Singapore, France, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Italy.


Artists, programs, prices and dates are subject to change.

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