Kilgen Theatre Organ performance featuring Donnie Rankin and the silent film Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
November 27, 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
The November performance of the Kilgen Theatre Organ at the Oklahoma History Center (OHC) will feature Donnie Rankin IV accompanying the Buster Keaton classic film Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928). Rankin is internationally known, having played for theatre organ audiences worldwide, including appearances in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
The performance will take place on Monday, November 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Devon Great Hall of the OHC. Tickets are $10 for Oklahoma Historical Society members and $20 for the general public and are available by calling 405-522-0765.
Donnie Rankin was born in Ravenna, Ohio, and was immediately immersed in music by hearing his great-grandfather play the electronic organ at home. His interest grew when he first heard a performance of the Wurlitzer organ at the Civic Theatre in Akron, Ohio at the age of three. Rankin has won several competitions and awards, including being named the Overall Winner of the American Theatre Organ Society’s Young Theatre Organist Competition when he was 18 years old. After his win in 2007, Donnie began a 5-year journey studying with noted organist Jelani Eddington. His career continues to grow.