The Friends of Music Hall presents silent films accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer organ live, in person, in the Music Hall Ballroom on Friday, April 12, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. Renowned organist Tedde Gibson will accompany two silent films - Captain January and Carmen Jr. - featuring child star Baby Peggy.
Diana Serra Cary was born Peggy-Jean Montgomery in 1918 and was one of three major American child stars of the silent film era, the other two being Jackie Coogan and Baby Marie. During her "baby" career (1921-1924), she made over 150 short films. Her popularity was reflected in her salary which earned her the nickname "Million Dollar Baby." Her salary was hard earned, as child labor laws had yet to be passed. Baby Peggy worked 8 hours a day, six days a week. Her father managed her career and ended it abruptly in 1925 in a dispute with the studio's producer. For the next four years, Peggy traveled the U.S. as a vaudeville performer. Throughout the rest of her life, she worked various jobs before becoming a freelance writer. At 99 she self-published her first novel and died in February 2020 at age 101.
Organist Tedde Gibson
We're pleased to present the talented musician Tedde Gibson to our Wurlitzer audience. Tedde studied film scoring with Emmy-Award-winning film composer Adam Lukas, who works with legendary film composer Hans Zimmer at Bleeding Fingers Music in Los Angeles. A native of Tacoma, WA, he recently assumed the position of house organist at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, MD. Tedde is also a former chairman of the board of directors of ATOS, the American Theatre Organ Society.