Concert review: Organist accompanies ‘Phantom’ with scary, silly score

Tom Trenney played along with the 1925 film on the Kotzschmar Organ.

“…[Tom] Trenney is a fine player, and his score was more than an extended version of “Name That Tune.” While he was unabashedly (and successfully) playing for laughs some of the time, he also kept the drama in view, weaving his quotations into a dark, reedy score, with ominous and sometimes brashly dissonant harmonizations that suited the film. He used the Kotzschmar organ’s resources effectively, drawing on various of its bell-like sounds and other colorful timbres, without overusing them.”

Allan Kozinn, Portland Press Herald, October 26, 2017