Welcome to Great Spaces!
This Music and Arts Series is an outreach of Grace Cathedral in Topeka, KS. Please take a moment to check out all of our upcoming concerts and Cloister Gallery events. You can also find out how you can get more involved or become a Friend of GREAT SPACES. With a dozen or more concerts each season and new artists featured monthly in the gallery, there is truly something for everyone.
Tune My Heart to Sing His Praise
Sunday, October 25, 7 p.m.
An evening of Worship and Song presented by the following choirs: Grace Cathedral, First United Methodist Church, Grantville United Methodist Church, Southern hills Mennonite Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Free event
Silents in the Cathedral
Friday, October 30, 7 p.m.
“Silents in the Cathedral,” sponsored by the Topeka/Shawnee County Public Library, is an evening of silent pictures accompanied by live music on the Cathedral organ. This free event begins with two short comedy films, followed by an intermission and the “spooky” feature presentation.
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde clip (1920)
Sheldon Lewis stars in this rival version of Jekyll & Hyde, completed and shown just ahead of the featured Barrymore version. This was intended to beat the Paramount version into theaters and it succeeded in that, but it is NOT the version anyone remembers today. These clips will contrast with the excellent work that Barrymore manages in the later version. – 15 min.
Dr. Pyckle & Mr. Pryde (1925)
Stan Laurel is a hit in one of his early solo shorts (without Oliver Hardy). Laurel made several of these and they were often spoofs of popular feature films - MUD & SAND and THE SOILERS are other examples. This horror/comedy turned out to be one of Laurel’s best. It follows the Jekyll/Hyde story, but Stan’s attempts at evil are hysterical. – 20 minutes
Feature: Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1920)
Starring John Barrymore / Nita Naldi / Brandon Hurst – 78 minutes - B/W with Color Tints, Directed by John S. Robertson
This feature film for the 18th annual “Silents in the Cathedral” is considered by many to be the first great American Horror Movie.
Paramount Pictures put together a modest production for this film and seized John Barrymore to play the dual role, a part he literally threw himself into. In many ways, Barrymore is the whole show and he devours the part. He even brought his own houseplants to decorate the somewhat sparce sets and spruce up the production.
The story involves a respected doctor following his dream experiment to separate the ‘selves’ of man into the good and the bad. Performing it on himself, the result is a monstrous creation beyond his control, causing shattering consequences for all.
Organist Marvin Faulwell and percussionist Bob Keckeisen have put together a dazzling musical score for this feature and they will be playing it live at the Cathedral.