THE SANTA BARBARA THEATRE ORGAN SOCIETY
The Great Theatre Pipe Organ of the Arlington.
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Open Console, Saturday, 21 March 9-11 AM. All organ events at the Arlington are cancelled until further notice because of the corona virus. Right now, the Arlington is closed.
SBTOS will host an open console at the Arlington on Saturday between 9 and 11 AM.
Enter by the Sola Street side door (has stairs leading down to a green double door). The door will be blocked open. Please do not enter the small green back door of the theatre, which has a single step leading up.
Open Consoles are free and open to the public. Bring you kids, friends, and neighbors. Come play the organ. listen, take pictures, ask questions, see the chambers, and meet new friends. Enjoy yourselves.
Pay parking is available at the back of the theatre ($4 for 2-hours) and at the City lot on Chapala, about a half-block away ($1.50). Free 90 minute parking is available on the street.
Our 4th CD is available.
Scott Foppiano laid down tracks in the organ computer for a 4th CD when he was last here. The audio recording was done late at night on 9 January 2014.
As with our other CD's, the direct-to-digital audio recording was donated by True-Stereo Location Recording. The photography, artwork,and CD production was donated by the SBTOS President , who is also the webmaster.
Under the CD tab, you can hear snippets of some of the musical selections.
Front cover and insert front side Insert back side
CD face Tray liner
Our 3rd CD is still available. Samples of the musical selection as well as the liner notes are available under the CD tab above.
After the January 2011 concert, we planned on doing the audio recording for a 3rd Scott Foppiano CD. The CD is delayed as Scott is suffering from a herniated disk. This CD has tunes different than the standard Gershwin and Porter faire, and that work well with the theatre pipe organ, such as: Barry Manilow - I write the Songs, Overture from Pirates of Penzance, etc.. Scott really likes the Great Theatre Pipe Organ of the Arlington. The recording took place on Saturday, 9 July starting at 11 PM and extending into the wee hours. Scott's performance was excellent.
Both the CD's below are available at open consoles for $15.00, and by mail (includes postage and handling) for $20.00. Send a check to: SBTOS, POB 1913, Goleta, CA 93116.
The previous two Scott Foppiano CD's were Renaissance (now sold out), and Christmas at the Arlington (picture below and still available).
Christmas at the Arlington received a wonderful review in the November/December 2009 Theatre Organ Magazine. The first paragraph sets the tone of this review: Scott Foppiano’s new holiday CD, Christmas at the Arlington, is a Christmas stocking full of holiday musical enjoyment. Scott made this album on the great four manual, 27-rank Robert-Morton organ, most of which originally came from the Loew’s Jersey Theatre and is now installed in the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, California. The instrument itself is a real barn-burner, as is this highly entertaining CD.
Overview of Arlington Theatre from the Balcony. Main Chambers I and II are in the Spanish village on the left. Solo Chamber is in the Spanish village on the right. The percussion shelf is in back of tower at the left of the stage. The organ rises on a lift from beneath the forestage. The ceiling is semi-elliptical which is acoustically very kind to the organ. The theatre seats 2017 people. Photo courtesy of SBTOS member Tom Ginn.