Martin Ellis Named Organist for Indianapolis Hilbert Circle Theatre August 27, 2009
During a meeting with the Indianapolis Symphony Managing Director this morning, Martin Ellis was named the house organist for Hilbert Circle Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana. "The 15 rank Wurlitzer with 9 additional classical ranks has truly turned out to be a stunning theatre installation that I am enjoying playing and proud to present to the public," commented Martin.
This historic theatre has not had a house organist since the first Wurlitzer was removed in the 1930s, so it is quite an honor for this native Hoosier to be named to such a post over seven decades later. Carlton Smith of Carlton Smith Pipe Organ Restorations is responsible for the rebuild and reinstallation of the theatre's Wurlitzer.
"My biggest goal in this business of being a theatre organ artist is to reach out to the general public and perpetuate the theatre organ art form," said Martin. "With the 28 Yuletide Christmas shows coming up in December which will feature the Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ this year, this becomes a reality."