Organist to play at silent film ‘Metropolis’

Staff report


Renowned organist Peter Richard Conte will return to Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Sunday to play a score he created to accompany the landmark 1927 silent film “Metropolis.”

The movie will begin at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 ($5 for seniors and students) at the door. They are also available in advance at, and by phone at 330-259-0555.

“Metropolis,” by German filmmaker Fritz Lang, is set in a futuristic urban dystopia plagued by class warfare and is considered the first full-length science-fiction film. The original film was accompanied by a full orchestra score composed by Gottfried Huppertz in the style of Wagner and Strauss.

“Metropolis” was reconstructed and restored to its nearly original length of 148 minutes in 2010, using recently discovered footage.

Conte is the pipe organist for the famous Wanamaker organ at Macy’s in Philadelphia, where he gives two recitals each day. He is also the principal organist of Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa.

At the Stambaugh event, he will play the massive and newly restored E.M. Skinner pipe organ.

Conte last visited Stambaugh in April to perform a recital.

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