HARRY WHO? -- The Songs of Harry Warren Mark Herman, Organist -- playing the restored Barton Theatre Pipe Organ
While not a name generally known to the public, Harry Warren was the first American song composer to write primarily for film, and had more hit tunes than any other songwriter of the 20th century. Warren wrote over 800 songs covering a period of sixty years, publishing over 500 of them. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song eleven times, he won three Oscars, and wrote such memorable tunes as: Lullaby of Broadway, You'll Never Know, On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe, I Only Have Eyes For You, Chattanooga Choo-Choo, and I've Got A Gal In Kalamazoo.
Mark Herman began studying the piano when he was seven and began classical organ lessons by the age of twelve. By the following year, he was studying the theatre organ with the renowned John Ferguson of Indianapolis. In 2003, he won the American Theatre Organ Society's prestigious Young Theatre Organist Competition, and by 2006, he had toured Australia and New Zealand.
This tribute to the dazzling musical output of Harry Warren is this season's contribution to Lansing Theatre Organ's "Art of the Composer" series.