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Get organ-ised. Sound You Can Feel.

Get organ-ised. Sound you can feel. Only a full orchestra can match the thrilling tones of a theatre pipe organ in full voice. This year’s Melbourne Theatre Organ concert program is the ultimate display of the musical versatility of the theatre organ. From silent film and vocal accompaniment, to piano and jazz band combinations, comedy extravaganzas and solo organ, 2017 has it all. As you look through the 2017 program consider the enormous range of events that a Season Ticket can provide. Not only will you have a year of thrilling events to attend, we’ll also spoil you with benefits reserved for our favourite audience members – our Season Ticket holders. You may not think you’re the Season Ticket type, but why not? Check out the advantages and think again. Theatre organs were introduced as substitutes for orchestras in the 1920’s to accompany silent movies. Talking pictures changed the role of these organs to become solo instruments, generating a mood of excitement before the feature presentation. The theatre organ is a pipe organ in the real sense, with row after row of pipes replicating the voices of brass, woodwind, strings and percussion in a blend of delicious sounds – powerful enough to lift the roof one minute, fading to whisper quietness the next.

WHY BECOME A SEASON TICKET HOLDER? A Season Ticket is the most affordable way to enjoy the 2017 Melbourne Theatre Organ Season. Not only does it offer exceptional value, it also comes with a range of benefits.

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Your Season Ticket saves you up to 28% on single ticket prices. If you plan to see several MTO concerts throughout the year, then a Season Ticket is the most cost effective option.

Skip the ticket queue. As a valued Season Ticket holder you’ll receive personalised service and priority treatment at concert events.

Your Season Ticket gives you access to a range of discounts and special offers including free afternoon tea at all concerts, and discounts at our Christmas celebration and season preview event.

Sometimes plans can change. If you can’t attend one of your concerts you can transfer your Season Ticket to your friends or family for free.

Season Tickets provide the perfect opportunity to catch up regularly with friends. Why not organise a group and help share the joy of Theatre organ?

How to book Head to or use the booking form in this brochure Season Ticket bookings close Sunday 26 March 2017

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Hearing breathtaking live music can be an unforgettable experience. By giving someone you love a Season Ticket to Melbourne Theatre Organ, you give a present like no other.

Single event tickets are also available for all shows at or at the venue door on the day of the concert.

Renew your season ticket by 26 March 2017 and go into the draw to win one of five signed copies of Chris McPhee & Rosanne Hosking’s brand new CD and be the first to own one.

2017 CONCERT SEASON Join the finest organists in Melbourne Theatre Organ’s 2017 series of six outstanding concerts – a great way to spend your Sundays with wonderful afternoon performances, You’ll be home before dark.

Sunday 26 March

Sunday 28 May

Sunday 2 July

David Bailey

Tony Fenelon & John Atwell

Justin Stahl

Malvern Town Hall Malvern

Malvern Town Hall Malvern

Back again to kick off the year in style for what has become an annual silent film event, Australia’s most accomplished silent film artist, David Bailey. Taking you back to where theatre organ began with Buster Keaton starring on the big screen in ‘The General’. One of Buster’s most endearing comedy classics and one that’s sure to bring out the trainspotters in all of us.

What a classic! Come along and experience great themes from the movies brought to you by the acclaimed duo of Tony Fenelon and John Atwell. With classic themes from great movies spanning the history of cinema and much, much more. These two performers need no introduction to audiences worldwide. Presented as only Tony and John can, we’re all in for a treat.

(USA) Palace Dendy Theatre Brighton Direct from Indiana, USA. A relative newcomer to Australian audiences but a name that will continue to resonate for years to come, Melbourne Theatre Organ is very proud to present Justin Stahl in his first ever Australian tour. Judging from rave reviews following a string of performances in 2016, this is one you cannot miss.

Sunday 27 August

Sunday 17 September

Chris McPhee & Rosanne Hosking

Barry Morgan Scott Harrison & Peter Hurley & Shirazz

Kingston City Hall Moorabbin

Palace Dendy Theatre Brighton

Kingston City Hall Moorabbin

We doubled dared this Adelaide duo to return to Melbourne and they accepted the challenge. Back by popular demand, the fabulous musical talents of organist Chris McPhee and renowned vocalist Rosanne Hosking bring their refreshing blend of popular music and a taste of the classics to Kingston City Hall. They are sure to be a hit again in 2017.

In a very special MTO event, the world’s most celebrated organ salesman Barry Morgan, from Barry Morgan’s World of Organs, and well known Melbourne organist Peter Hurley, bring you a musical comedy treat. Guaranteed to put the ‘Boss’ back in Bossa Nova and the ‘Yes’ back into your Polyester, this is one event you’ll be talking about for the rest of your life.

The audience wanted more! Teaming up again on stage, Scott Harrison is back at the Mighty WurliTzer organ with sensational jazz act Shirazz. Like a good drop of red, this combination continue to get better with age. If you’ve heard them perform together before, you’ll know it’s a show not to be missed. What a mix and what an afternoon it will be.

Sunday 12 November

All concerts start at 2.00pm with the exception of the Palace Dendy Theatre where concerts start at 1.30pm

2017 SEASON TICKET BOOKING FORM 2017 Season Tickets can be purchased online at or by completing the form below. If you’re a 2016 Season Ticket Holder and have not received a renewal notice please call 03 9557 3697 1. YOUR DETAILS Title

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3/16 WurliTzer

4/24 WurliTzer

3/17 Compton

4/36 WurliTzer

Palace Dendy Theatre

Kingston City Hall

Malvern Town Hall

Regent Theatre

26 Church Street Brighton

Corner Nepean Highway & South Road Moorabbin

Corner Glenferrie Road & High Street Malvern

191 Collins Street Melbourne

Originally installed in the Capitol Theatre, Swanston Street Melbourne, the organ was purchased by the Society in 1964 and installed in the Dendy Theatre Brighton in 1966/67. In 1984 the Dendy precinct was completely redeveloped and the organ was removed, overhauled and re-installed. In 2008 another significant organ refurbishment took place.

The 4 manual 24 rank WurliTzer currently installed in the Kingston City Hall was originally installed in the State Theatre Melbourne in 1929. The organ was removed from the State Theatre in 1963, and subsequently installed in the Moorabbin Town Hall. The organ was refurbished in 2005 and is used frequently by the Kingston City Council.

Originally installed in 1930 in The Paramount Astoria Theatre, Old Kent Road, London. The Society acquired the organ in 1969 and began refurbishing and adding items to it. By the time the organ was installed in the Malvern Town Hall, the number of ranks had climbed to 15. The Organ was opened in 1992, and is a favourite of organists and audiences alike.

The 4 manual 36 rank WurliTzer installed in the Regent Theatre was built by WurliTzer in 1921 and originally installed in the Granada Theatre, San Francisco. The organ was shipped out to Australia in 1996 and installed in the newly refurbished Regent Theatre, Melbourne. The Regent WurliTzer is the largest theatre organ outside of the USA.

2/9 Blackett & Howden Moreland Civic Centre Hall 90 Bell Street Coburg 3/10 WurliTzer Wesley of Warrigul 62 Victoria Street Warragul 2/10 WurliTzer Geelong College Aphrasia St, Newtown

Melbourne Theatre Organ 2017 season  

Join the finest organists in Melbourne Theatre Organ’s 2017 series of six outstanding concerts – a great way to spend your Sundays with won...

Melbourne Theatre Organ 2017 season  

Join the finest organists in Melbourne Theatre Organ’s 2017 series of six outstanding concerts – a great way to spend your Sundays with won...