Mouse Movies, Music, Magic

By Haley Burton

July 20, 2012 Updated Jul 20, 2012 at 5:35 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Master Theatre guest organist, John Ledwon, will be performing at the Forum Theatre Saturday.

Ledwon is a staff organist at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

This is the first time the Forum's massive 1928 1400+ pipe "Unit Orchestral Organ" will be played in more than two years.

The program is sponsored by the Binghamton Theatre Organ Society, Incorporation. It's a volunteer group that was started in 2003. The group is dedicated to promoting one of Broome County's best hidden musical treasures.

General Admission $15
Groups (10 or more) $12.50.
BTOS Members who donate $20 annually - $10.
Full Time Students and ‘children’ under 21, half of any of the above prices!

To reserve or purchase tickets, call (607) 773-1495.

Pick up your tickets at the Forum Theatre (236 Washington St) between noon and show time on July 21.

A native Southern Californian, John Ledwon was 11 when his musical talents were discovered. By the time he was 20 he had graduated from SCUN and UCLA complete with teaching credentials.

He toured for 4-months with the U.S.O., entertaining troops in Alaska and Asia, returned to UCLA, got a master’s degree, taught high school and built a new home for his personal theatre pipe organ. His home burned two years later in one of California’s in-famous brush fires and was replaced while he taught and toured in Europe, the U.S. and Australia.

John was a regular organist on the Mike Douglas late-night television show while also teaching a college level theatre organ class at Pasadena City College.

He joined the Disney-owned El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles in 1999 where he is ‘on staff’. At Disney he uses the repertoire that enables intricate and insightful programs for his international audiences, performing the best of today’s composers. John’s many recordings will be available at this program.