Nathan Avakian in Concert

Friday August 4, 7:00 PM

Third Baptist Church
620 North Grand

Nathan is renowned for blending twenty-first century virtual instrument technology with theatre organ music and creates performances that satisfy contemporary musical tastes and pay tribute to the historical legacy of the organ. He was commissioned to compose seven original theatre organ soundtracks for the International Youth Silent Film Festival, a program that challenges young filmmakers to create contemporary silent films to theatre organ music. Nathan helped pioneer the festival’s expansion which now includes regional festivals in Oregon, Missouri, Adelaide and Melbourne, Australia.

Nathan currently works as a freelance lighting designer and design associate with organizations including Princeton University, New York Stage and Film, Purchase Opera, and the Lighting Design Group. On his YouTube channel Nathan can be seen bringing music from movies such as The Incredibles, Bohemian Rhapsody, Brittany Spears, and Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson to life using both traditional organ pipes and digital recordings.

Along with Nathan’s performances the evening will include something unique: a collection of short films (3min each) from the International Youth Silent Film Festival. This is a filmmaking competition for students 20 and younger to create short silent films to organ soundtracks. As Director of the Festival, Nathan composes the soundtracks first, then filmmakers make movies to fit the music. You can see examples of these films on the IYSFF website:

Mark your calendar!
The event will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 4th, and will once again feature free ice cream from the Cool Times ice cream truck after the concert! Parking is available in the church lot off of Washington Blvd.

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