World Famous Organist Bob Mitchell Performs at Plummer Auditorium
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The last date listed for World Famous Organist Bob Mitchell Performs was Sunday April 9, 2006 / 2:30pm.
BOB MITCHELL is an outstanding theatre organist but is best know for his famous “Mitchell Choirboys.” They are famed for some one hundred motion picture performances – most notably Academy Award winning “GOING MY WAY” and “FORTY BOYS AND A SONG,” Academy Award nominated ‘short’ about his world-famous choirboys (in which he also appeared). They also appeared on thousands of radio and television broadcasts. Other screen appearances include “The Demi-bride” (MGM), “College Scandal” (Paramount), “Blondie in Society” (Columbia), “The Thornbirds” (feature for television), and “All Night Long” (Universal).
Mitchell was staff pianist-organist on KMTR, KEHE, KHJ, KFI, and KECA. You may also remember seeing and/or hearing him in the early days of TV on Ladies’ Day, Parlor Party, Engineer Bill, the Jack LaLanne Show, and Art Linkletter’s House Party. His many accomplishments have been spotlighted on many local TV stations and on Ralph Edwards’ “This Is Your Life.”
Born in Los Angeles, Bob began the intensive study of piano at age four and started pipe organ instruction at ten. From 1924 to 1928 he accompanied silent films on the Wurlitzer pipe organ starting when he was twelve. At thirteen he sang in the St. Matthias boy’s and men’s choir. When “talkies” replaced silents, he played pipe organs in churches, also training choirboys. At eighteen, Mitchell was the youngest to be named “Fellow of the American Guild of Organists.”
THE FULLERTON WURLITZER. The exciting 4-manual 37-rank Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ in Plummer Auditorium is one of the few instruments that can claim to be in its original home. Originally installed as Wurlitzer’s Opus 2103 in the 1,300-seat Fullerton High School auditorium in 1930, the instrument has undergone many changes to make it the world class instrument it is today. Alexander Schreiner, famed organist of the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah, performed the opening recital on the instrument on June 2-3, 1930. Since that opening concert, the organ has been regularly used at Fullerton High School. In 1992, the City of Fullerton announced plans to renovate the auditorium and the organ was included in those plans. The Trousdale Organ Company transformed the instrument into a true modern theatre organ capable of performing the widest spectrum of music possible. Through many hours of dedication by volunteers through the Orange County Theatre Organ Society, the Fullerton High School Wurlitzer has become one of the major venues on the international theatre organ concert circuit today