First United Methodist Church
Tom Hoehn warming up before the evening performace of Phantom of the Opera.
On October 30th, 2005 during a Sunday evening at the First United Methodist Church in Clearwater, Florida, Tom Hoehn gave us a special treat. He took the bench of the magnificent 4/93 Rodgers/Ruffatti/Wicks Church Pipe Organ at the church and played for a silent movie presentation of the 1925 box office hit, Phantom of the Opera.
This was no minor event. Long in planning, ATOS Vice President Bob Davidson was there to introduce the movie and Tom, who came out on stage dressed in a black cape as he sidled up to the massive organ.
The beautiful console of the massive 4/93 Rodgers/Ruffatti/Wicks Church Pipe Organ.
Phantom of the Opera
The Walnut Hill Productions mobile recording crew was there to capture the event on Tom's Dell laptop computer, using two Sure PE48 microphones on boom stands feeding a 20x2 Electrovoice/Dynacord mixing desk. Also, a digital video camera was situated on a tripod in the balcony to film the entire event, from the time folks began to arrive until they started exiting the building. The Bone Doctor engineered the event, doing all post-mastering work at the Walnut Hill Recording Studio.
Tom Hoehn accompanying the 1925 silent film classic, Phantom of the Opera.
Below are all four tracks that, when listened to end to end one right after the other, are the complete program as performed that night. These are large files, especially parts 1 and 2 of the Phantom. Be patient as you download them, and enjoy the show!
- Introduction and Warm Up
Playing time = 14:05, file size = 13.9MB, bit rate = 128KB/sec.
- Phantom of the Opera, Part 1
Playing time = 41:21, file size = 38.0MB, bit rate = 128KB/sec.
- Phantom of the Opera, Part 2
Playing time = 51:04, file size = 47.0MB, bit rate = 128KB/sec.
- That's Entertainment!
Playing time = 4:31, file size = 4.19MB, bit rate = 128KB/sec.
Tom Hoehn playing That's Entertainment! after the movie.
Recent Recordings During Church Services
Below are some tracks sent in from church services Tom has played. These recordings were made using a new system consisting of two electret condenser microphones and a Berhinger USB mixer hooked up to Tom's Dell laptop computer running Sony SoundForge 7. We removed some noises and normalized the volume. There are a few glitches we could not remove.
Tom Hoehn at the console during a recording session.
- Little Gig Fugue - J. S. Bach
Playing time = 3:13, file size = 2.97MB, bit rate = 128KB/sec.
- Americana Medly
Playing time = 5:32, file size = 5.11MB, bit rate = 128KB/sec.
Arts From The Heart, 2007
On February 10th of 2007, Tom Hoehn did a performance at the First United Methodist Church of Clearwater, Florida on the majestic 4/93 Rodgers/Ruffatti/Wicks Church Pipe Organ for the Arts From The Heart annual concert. Below are featured some of the tracks from this wonderful event.
- Fiddler On The Roof
Playing time = 7:46, file size = 7.17MB, bit rate = 128KB/sec.
- Poet And Peasant
Playing time = 8:47, file size = 8.10MB, bit rate = 128KB/sec.
- Stars And Stripes - Duet
Playing time = 3:44, file size = 3.46MB, bit rate = 128KB/sec.