Classical IPR in Concert: Dave Calendine plays Broadway hits

Sep 25, 2018

Theater organist Dave Calendine

Dave Calendine is the house organist at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. He regularly performs during Detroit Red Wings hockey games.

Calendine recently gave a recital at the Music House Museum, performing Broadway favorites on the museum’s 1924 Wurlitzer theater organ. See below for more information about the instrument.

Join Classical IPR Friday for a special presentation of this recent performance. This program airs at 8 p.m.


George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin; Strike Up the Band

Robert B. Sherman & Richard M. Sherman; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (selections)

Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II; South Pacific (selections)

The 1924 Wurlitzer Opus 881 Theatre Organ
Credit Music House Museum

Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II; Oklahoma! (selections)

Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson, Mamma Mia!

Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Phantom of the Opera (selections)

Alan Menken & Howard Ashman; Little Shop of Horrors

Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick; Fiddler on the Roof (selections)

Jerome Kern & Dorothy Fields; Pick Yourself Up

Harold Arlen & Yip Harburg; Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Meredith Willson; 76 Trombones

Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II; The Sound of Music (selections)

George M. Cohan; Give My Regards to Broadway 

The Music House Museum's Wurlitzer Theatre Organ came from the Cinderella Theater that was on East Jefferson in Detroit. It was last played there in 1949 and removed in 1966 prior to that building’s demolition. The instrument had suffered repeated and significant water damage. The Music House obtained it in 1985 and spent 15 years and over $100,000 to totally rebuild the instrument. This was achieved through grants and significant volunteer hours. The organ was installed in the museum in 2005 and rededicated during a showing of the silent film “Phantom of the Opera."