Organist Benjamin Kolodziej accompanies Buster Keaton's classic silent movie, Seven Chances on Sunday, January 22 at 6pm, at First Christian Church in Plano. When released in 1925, one writer described the film as "a dazzlingly balletic comedy in which Buster has a matter of hours to acquire the wife on which a seven million dollar inheritance depends." Keaton, one of the three famous comedic actors of the silent era (along with Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd), is ranked as one of the most notable actors and directors by the American Film Institute. This silent film, accompanied on the organ in authentic, 1920s style, will be entertaining for the whole family.
Benjamin Kolodziej is Organist and Choirmaster at St John’s Episcopal Church and at Perkins Chapel, SMU. He has performed concerts, hymn festivals, and silent movies throughout the USA and in Europe, including at Washington National Cathedral, St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, and the Meyerson. His organ compositions are published by CPH, Augsburg, GIA, and Northwestern, and he has written numerous articles for music and theological journals. His first book, Joyful Singing: A Story of Lutheran Sacred Music in Texas was published last year by Fortress Press, and his next book, Music on the Hilltop: Organs and Organists at SMU will be published this fall by UNT Press.