Annual Buddy Nolan Tribute at the Embassy Theatre

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

May 8, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Location: Embassy Theatre

Phone: Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1.800.745.3000

Link: http://www.fwembassytheatre.org

Event Description

April 25, 2011 Updated Apr 25, 2011 at 10:00 AM EST

Named in memory of a man whose legendary wit and musical talent helped keep the Embassy Theatre alive, the Annual Buddy Nolan Tribute will return to the Embassy on Sunday, May 8, at 2 p.m.

The last concert in the 2010-11 Pops on Pipes Grande Page Organ series will feature Justin Nimmo performing his repertoire of popular composers including Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. Tickets, priced at $14 for adults and $7 for students, are on sale now at the Embassy box office, all other Ticketmaster outlets, online at Ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at 1.800.745.3000.

About Justin Nimmo
Justin Nimmo was born in North Tonawanda, New York, home of the Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. Although he began his organ studies on an electronic organ at age 5, it wasn’t until he was 13 years old that he had his first opportunity to play a real theatre pipe organ. Invited to attend an open console session at the historic Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda, Justin was thrilled to get to play the Riviera’s Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ. Recognizing his interest and talent, the Niagara Frontier Theatre Organ Society allowed him access to the Riviera organ to practice and further develop his theatre organ style. At the age of 16, Justin was officially named as one of the house organists for the Riviera Theatre where he was regularly featured playing overtures and other programs.

Following his successes at the Riviera, Nimmo was invited to play overtures for the classic film series at Shea’s Buffalo on the large 4/28 Wurlitzer Theatre Organ. He has been featured in concert at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, at the famous Rochester Auditorium and at various other New York venues. He has also appeared as guest organist at the Ohio Theatre in Columbus, performing overtures for the Ohio’s film series on the large 4/33 Robert Morton Theatre Organ. He can now be heard playing overtures for the Footlight Musicals series at the Hedback Theatre in Indianapolis on the small but lively 2/11 Wurlitzer.

Nimmo currently resides in Indianapolis and is a member of the Central Indiana Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society, often performing at chapter events. He has been employed by Carlton Smith Theatre Pipe Organ Restorations since 2004 where he has diversified his theatre organ interests to include the installation and service of theatre organs. Justin is a 2005 and 2006 recipient of a scholarship from the American Theatre Organ Society and has studied with renowned theatre organ teacher John Ferguson.

Following a 20-year stint as Embassy house organist, Buddy Nolan remained devoted to the theater. In 1972, when the Embassy and its treasured Grande Page theatre pipe organ faced demolition, Nolan joined the group of unfaltering organ enthusiasts who laid the plans that saved the Embassy and the organ. Nolan’s Theatre Organ at Midnight concert in May 1975, a throwback to the series of popular midnight concerts he started in 1963, served as a one-of-a-kind fundraiser for the theater, drawing a capacity crowd and helping raise the money that eventually did save the theater.

On sale now at the Embassy box office, all other Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com.

Box Office Phone:
Box Office Hours:
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.,
Mon. – Fri.
260.424.1811 Ticketmaster.com

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