Silent movie pianist to give performance in Auburn

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Pioneer Presents, in partnership with Auburn Community Concerts and in support of the building restoration of Pioneer United Methodist Church, presents a concert Sunday, Feb. 12, featuring pianist and vocalist Frederick Hodges.

Hodges is well known to the ragtime world. He regularly performs solo pi-ano and also serves as pianist with Don Neely’s Royal Society Jazz Orchestra. He is a noted silent film accompanist and is regularly featured at silent film festivals around the country. He serves as one of the house pianists for the Niles Essanay Film Museum.

Hodges is a favorite at jazz and ragtime festivals around the country. As a “society pianist” in San Francisco,  he plays the sophisticated and jazzy hits of the Great American Songbook, including the songs of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Rod-gers and Hart and other exciting composers of the 1920s and 1930s.

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Also Feb. 12, writer and movie lover Susan Rushton will recite a trio of love poems.

Rushton considers herself a “lifetime English major.” Toward that end, in addition to teaching creative writing, running the Silver Screen Classic Movie Series at the Auburn Library and writing, she spends some time memorizing and reciting poetry.

“I love to hear the words coming out of me, love to feel the sounds in my head,” Rushton said. “It’s fun, it’s delightful ... but if someone wants a practical reason, I do it because it’s good for my brain.”

To round out the romantic event, Lydia and Curt Jones will perform Julia Riley’s humorous skit “All about Love.”

They will portray a modern couple sharing their opinions about love and marriage. Riley is the co-producer of Pioneer Presents and a versatile and popular flutist. 



Frederick Hodges performance

When: 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12

Where: Pioneer United Methodist Church, 1338 Lincoln Way, Auburn

Cost: $20 suggested  donation