Organist Jason Roberts Accompanies a Silent Film by Harold Lloyd

September 19, 2018
Jason Roberts Associate Director of Music and Organist at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in New York City, will provide the accompaniment for a silent film by comedy legend Harold Lloyd on Tuesday, September 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building.
The film to be shown is A Sailor-Made Man from 1921. Besides Harold Lloyd, it also features his favorite leading lady, Mildred Davis. The two would marry in 1923, a rare Hollywood union that lasted for nearly a half-century, until her death in 1969.
In A Sailor-Made Man, a girl’s father insists that, before he will agree to the boy’s marrying his daughter, he must first prove that he can do something more worthwhile than loaf around with the idle rich. To demonstrate his strength of character, the boy (Harold Lloyd) impulsively joins the navy. When his ship docks at a Middle Eastern kingdom, the girl (Mildred Davis) and her father also arrive by yacht. The local maharajah kidnaps the girl, and it is up to the boy to rescue her. Mayhem ensues.
To open the Baylor program, organist Jason Roberts will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Fantasia in F minor, K. 608. He will also play his own Improvisation on a Given Theme.
Dr. Roberts is an avid improviser. He won first prize at the AGO National Competition in Organ Improvisation in 2008 and was an improvisation finalist at the St. Alban’s International Organ Competition in 2011. Prior to his appointment at St. Bart’s, he served in a similar capacity at St. James’s Episcopal Church in West Hartford, Connecticut. Jason Roberts holds degrees from Rice University, Yale University, and the Manhattan School of Music.
This guest recital and silent film are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.
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