North Texas Chapter, American Theater Organ Society

North Texas Chapter, American Theater Organ Society

MCKINNEY — The North Texas Chapter of the American Organ Society will kick off its 2014 season on Feb. 1 with the presentation of the the Academy Award winning 1927 silent movie classic Wings. The movie, to be shown at the McKinney Performing Arts Center, will be made even more dramatic by Dr. Bill Hanson performing on the original 1926 Wurlitzer theater pipe organ, one of only two remaining public instruments of its type in Texas.

Wings was the first movie to win an Academy award for best picture when the Oscars originated in 1929. Though interest in silent films has always been present, accolades for Wings were rekindled two years ago when a new silent film, The Artist, won an Academy Award for best picture. A two-day Hollywood gala celebrating the movie was held and featured a performance by internationally-known theater organist Clark Wilson. After the performance, the Academy issued a statement favoring the use of the theater organ for the presentation of all silent films.

Since its installation in 2006, the theater pipe organ at the McKinney Performing Arts Center has been used in a variety of ways. Weddings, soundtracks for stage productions by the McKinney Repertory Theater Group, concerts and silent movies have all included music from the organ.

Hanson served as the principal organist for the First Baptist Church in Dallas for 14 years. He spend an additional six years playing for the Prestonwood Baptist Church. He is well-versed in theatrical and liturgical music and has played concerts in such locations as the Morton Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas and the Royal Albert Hall in London, England.

Tickets for the event are $12 in advance or $14 at the door. Children’s tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Seniors over the age of 65 are admitted free, but tickets are required. Reservations can be made by calling the MPAC box office at 214-544-4630.

Fannin County Republican Women

BONHAM — Board members and committee chairwomen of the Fannin County Republican Women’s Club recently held a planning session for 2014.

New committee chairwomen were first welcomed. They include Marie Hix, Iris Paul and Debbie Gove have accepted spots in campaign activities, legislative reporting and membership. Carolyn Rogers is the club’s new parliamentarian.

Attendees agreed to continue the club’s regular meetings on the first Monday of each month in the Elizabeth May Room of American Bank in Bonham. The group also discussed budget, membership, community involvement opportunities and program topics for the monthly meetings. During the year, local Republican candidates will have the opportunity to speak to the club members at various designated meetings.

Details for the joint meeting of the Republican Women and the Fannin GOP "Meet the Souper Candidates" event were finalized. The gathering will be held Feb. 13 at the Family Life Center in Bonham. Candidates and many of the county’s current office holders will be providing their favorite soup to share with the attendees. Club members will provide desserts. On May 17, club members will participate in the annual Armed Forces Day Celebration Dinner, hosted by the Republican party and honoring Fannin County’s veterans and senior citizens.

The executive board and committee chairwomen agreed that the 2014 focus for the group will be continued growth as an organization of like-minded women through education of members. Member participation will also be encouraged.

The first club meeting of the new year will be at 6 p.m. on Feb. 3 in the Elizabeth May room. A program entitled "Why I’m A Republican" will be presented and there will also be an opportunity for Republican candidates to introduce themselves. Prior to the meeting, candidates will be available for a "meet and greet" starting at 5:30 p.m.