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Dennis James returns to host Halloween at IU Auditorium


Dennis James at the keyboard of the Mighty Wurlitzer at the Coleman Theater in Miami, Oklahoma, in September 2007. James will be returning to the IU Auditorium to perform this month. Courtesy Photo

As the spooky season stirs throughout Bloomington, IU alumnus and organist Dennis James will return to the IU Auditorium to host another family-friendly Halloween evening at 7 p.m. Oct. 24. 

Tickets are on sale now ranging from $7-$28. Student tickets start at $7, and non-IU student tickets begin at $14.

Upon early arrival, audience members will get the chance to cross the auditorium stage for the annual costume contest.

James will then accompany the classic silent film “The Lost World” on the organ. This 1925 film tells the tale of dinosaurs roaming the earth and their interaction with modern humans. It is the first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novel of the same name and features film star Wallace Berry as the protagonist professor Challenger.

Following the accompaniment, James will host a post-show Q&A session with the audience.

James attended IU for church and organ performance in the Jacobs School of Music. He began playing alongside silent films in 1969 to "The Phantom of the Opera." His hopes were to relieve campus-wide tension amidst the height of the Vietnam War protest era, according to a News at IU Bloomington article.

For more information, visit the IU Auditorium website or Tickets are available online through the IU Auditorium box office or in person.

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