Theatre Organ for a New Generation: Modern Silent Film with Nathan Avakian

November 3, 2018 - 7:30pm

Keystone Oaks Auditorium in Dormont

The youthful, energetic theatre organist Nathan Avakian returns to Pittsburgh, this time with a selection of modern silent shorts from the International Youth Silent Film Festival, on Saturday November 3, 2018, 7:30PM, at Keystone Oaks Auditorium in Dormont.

Nathan, just 27 years old, will also present modern solo organ numbers from his contemporary repertoire between the silent shorts.  This will mark Nathan’s first appearance on the PATOS Mighty Wurlitzer organ since 2011.

Mr. Avakian works closely with youth to create modern silent films as part of the annual International Youth Silent Film Festival (IYSFF).  Participants in the festival, who must be 20 years old or younger, create silent shorts utilizing Nathan’s original theatre organ scores.  He will include six modern silent movies in his program.

“Nathan is an amazing guy, and I can’t wait for his November 3 program,” says Dale Abraham, President of the Pittsburgh Area Theatre Organ Society.  “He’s creating 21st century silent films!  How cool is that!"

“Moreover, Nathan represents the future of theatre organ, in that he knows how to reach young audiences that will become our repeat customers in the next decades.”

Nathan’s style is unlike any other organist’s.  His updated approach salutes modern tech and contemporary musical tastes while still managing to uphold the historical sound of the theatre organ.  Nathan now lives in New York City where he runs his own lighting design business.  He served as Youth Representative for the American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS) from 2011 to 2013, after having won the 2009 ATOS Young Organist Competition.  He’s played successful concert tours across the US, and also in Australia and New Zealand.

Tickets for this event are available at the PATOS website ( or at the Showclix website (   Admission is $15 in advance, or $20 at the door.  Students are free with ID. 

Keystone Oaks Auditorium is located at 1000 Kelton Ave. in Dormont.  Plentiful free parking is available just off McNeilly Road adjacent to the auditorium.  Doors open at 6:45PM and the performance starts at 7:30PM.

The Pittsburgh Area Theatre Organ Society maintains the Pittsburgh area’s only Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ still operating in a public venue.  The PATOS mission is to keep the unique sounds of the theatre organ alive in Pittsburgh by presenting the instrument regularly throughout the year. 

For more information, contact Dale Abraham of the Pittsburgh Area Theatre Organ Society at or 412-322-4078