Buster Keaton Silent Comedy Comes to Life with Organist Jerry Nagano

Friday, April 26, 2013
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

Jerry Nagano with Wurlitzer organ.Fremont, CA-In the early days of film, with no dialog to tell the audience when to laugh, visual comedy was essential to audiences. In the 1910s and 1920s thanks to silent films, California was producing some of the greatest comic talent the world has ever known. Buster Keaton, along with Charlie Chaplin, is arguably one of the funniest men who ever lived. He developed and mastered a comic style using pratfalls, slapstick and amazing physical stunts with his trademark deadpan expression that has remained fresh and vital almost 90 years later.

The Smith Center at Ohlone College is proud to present another Buster Keaton classic with live music accompaniment by organist Jerry Nagano. Nagano, one of the Bay Area's premier organists, accompanies Keaton's "College" (1927) on May 3 at 8:30pm. The film, a comedy-drama, is about college students and their misadventures along with a classic love story and plenty of amazing stunts

Jerry Nagano has been the house organist for more than a decade at the renowned Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto, where classic Hollywood is screened nightly. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he began his musical training at the age of ten. However, after attending a silent movie show accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer, Jerry was captivated by the idea of accompanying silent films. He began studying organ under Gaylord Carter, one of the great silent film organists of the time. Since moving to the Bay Area Jerry has been the house organist at the acclaimed Paramount Theater in Oakland, played at Ye Olde Pizza Joynt in Hayward, and toured the country accompanying silent classics.

Don't miss out on this incredible journey to the past with Jerry Nagano and Buster Keaton's 1927 silent classic "College." Tickets are available online or at the Smith Center box office. Please visit www.smithcenter.com, or call the Smith Center Box Office at (510) 659-6031 for more information.


  • Smith Center Presents!
    A Buster Keaton Silent Comedy "College" (1927)
    accompanied with live music by organist
    Jerry Nagano
  • Friday, May 3 at 8:30pm
  • Smith Center at Ohlone College
    43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
  • $20 General Admission, $18 Seniors & Students, $15 Youth (under 12)
  • $2 Event Parking

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