The Freshman, Harold Lloyd's biggest box-office hit, is a silent comedy gem featuring the befuddled everyman at his eager best as a new
college student. Though he dreams of being a big man on campus, the freshman's careful plans inevitably go hilariously awry, be it on the football field or at the Fall Frolic. But he gets a climactic chance to prove his mettle,
and impress the sweet girl he loves, in one of the most famous sports sequences ever filmed. This crowd-pleaser is a gleeful showcase for Lloyd's slapstick brilliance and incandescent charm, and it is accompanied here by the
spectacular Clark Wilson on the Shanklin Music Hall's awesome Mighty Wurlitzer!
A native of Ohio, Clark Wilson began his musical training at age nine. While
growing up he accompanied numerous stage musicals and was organist at several churches. At this time he was listed in Who's Who in the Midwest and Men of Achievement. He also holds Life Member status in the International Tri-M
Music Honor Society and is listed in Who's Who in Executives and Professionals.
Following several years with the Schantz Organ Company as a reed voicer
and tonal finisher, Clark's professional playing career began with his appointment to the featured organist post at Pipe Organ Pizza in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has since been on the playing staffs at the Paramount Music
Palace in Indianapolis, Indiana, Pipes and Pizza in Lansing, Illinois, and is currently associated with Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa, Arizona, where he is on the
organ staff as well as having assisted with the planning and installation of the world's largest Wurlitzer organ.
Clark's recording credits include seven albums. He has given
all-transcription recitals for the AGO, played for the 1990 Organ Historical Society convention, and performed at numerous National and Regional conventions of the ATOS, as well as giving a series of highly lauded workshops
for young people's Pipe Organ Encounters. Considered one of the finest practicioners of the art of silent picture scoring, he has also been a visiting lecturer on Theatre Organ and photoplay accompaniment for the Indiana
University organ department. He has now developed curriculum and has been appointed to the organ faculty at the University of Oklahoma's Organ
Department, where he teaches applied theatre organ lessons, silent film scoring, and the history of the American theatre organ. He has concertized in the United
States, Canada, Australia, and England, and done extensive silent film accompaniment, including at the Chautauqua Institution in New York, the Packard Foundation's Stanford Theatre, UCLA, and the Fox Theatre for the
Atlanta premier of the restored Metropolis. He plays a silent picture annually on the organ series at LA's Walt Disney Concert Hall, has scored for Kino
International for commercial release, and has performed at both the Cinequest and San Francisco Silent Film Festivals, as well as for the Los Angeles Conservancy. Since 1992 Clark has served as Resident Organist and organ
conservator at the famed Ohio Theatre in Columbus, Ohio (for the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts) and was chosen by them to repremier the renowned Chicago Theatre Organ on a bill that included him accompanying
popular singer Michael Feinstein. He also headed the professional crew that began restoration on the Chicago's landmark Wurlitzer for CAPA.
Along with a busy concert schedule, Wilson runs his own pipe organ business and is heavily in demand as a tonal consultant and finisher of both
theatre and classical pipe organs; he has been given the singular honor of being brought to England multiple times for tonal finishing and consulting. He has
received both the Technician of the Year and Organist of the Year awards from the American Theatre Organ Society, the only person to have done so, and his
time is now nearly equally divided between concert and technical work. He has been professionally involved with more than 100 organ installations throughout
North America and England and has provided consulting and voicing expertise for several different organ companies.
Click here to see Clark's web site.