Organist Dorothy Papadakos

Organist Dorothy Papadakos is known for her work in theater, film and TV. She will perform at Saturday’s screening.

Courtesy of the artist

The long-lost art of silent film improvisation, which is making a comeback, will be in the spotlight Saturday during a Halloween Spectacular presented by the Friends of Music at St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church.

The event, which starts at 7 p.m., will feature organist Dorothy Papadakos, a member of the seven-time Grammy Award–winning Paul Winter Consort.

Papadakos will improvise on the 1922 classic film “Nosferatu,” starring Max Shrek, bringing to life the drama of the 1922 German Expressionist adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.”

The film is known for its groundbreaking cinematography and technical achievements, and continues to thrill audiences nearly 100 years later.

General admission tickets are $25; $15 for students; $50 for a family of three; $60 for a family of four. Premium seats (where you can see the performer as well as the film) are $35.

The event will be followed by a special Halloween reception.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 299-2062.

St. Philip’s is at 4440 N. Campbell Ave. at East River Road. Parking is available in the north parking lot or under the solar covered parking structure on the east side.

About the artist

Papadakos was the first woman to be cathedral organist of the world’s largest Gothic cathedral, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, from 1990 to 2003.

She is celebrated for her improvisations and scores for theater, film, TV and ballet. She is a renowned international performer, popular for her silent film programs, specializing in Charlie Chaplin and Lon Chaney.

About the Friends

Friends of Music supports the music program at St. Philip’s by sponsoring concerts, special musical events, commissions, scholarships and community outreach programs.