The Music House Museum presents Modern Times, a 1936 American comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin in which his iconic Little Tramp character struggles to survive in the modern, industrialized world. The film is a comment on the desperate employment and financial conditions many people faced during the Great Depression, conditions created, in Chaplin's view, by the efficiencies of modern industrialization. The movie stars Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman,Tiny Sandford and Chester Conklin.
This wonderful film is accompanied by Andrew Rogers. His amazing skills on our Wurlitzer Theater Organ add the sound track to this amazing film. Rogers brings the perfect mix to this classic film. If you have not experienced a live artist providing accompaniment to a classic silent movie you will be in for treat. If you are a fan of this art form and our film series, you will not want to miss this one. Rogers is resident of Fenton, Michigan. He began his musical studies on the accordion aHe studied theater organ techniques with the late Fr. James Miller, and then augmented his studies with Dr. Marilyn Mason at the University of Michigan while she was on sabbatical. He accompanied Fr. Jim on his second tour of Australia and Norfolk Island, appearing both in joint concerts and solo engagements. Andrew also traveled on two Historic Organ Tours led by Dr. Mason covering France, Italy, and Switzerland. He is on staff at the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor. He has also performed for local AGO chapters. A few years ago he quit his 17-year job at a travel agency to focus more on music and scoring silent films.t seven, winning local and National competitions playing transcriptions of classical orchestral music. He later appeared in the orchestra of Broadway productions at Michigan State University where he holds his degree, with honors, in Psychology.