The Columbia River Theatre Organ Society takes the historic Hollywood Theatre back in time with their First Oscars Silent Film Series. This month, virtuoso organist Jonas Nordwall lends his talents to the The Last Command (1928). Silent film star Emil Jannings won the very first Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance of Grand Duke Sergius Alexander.
In The Last Command, Grand Duke Sergius Alexander, the Czar’s cousin and commander of all his armies falls in love with a revolutionary. Their genuine love for each other cuts a tragic path through Russia as neither has the strength to abandon their ranks. Soon the couple find themselves trapped by the roles they play falling further and further from revolution, reality and revenge.
The supporting cast includes Evelyn Brent and William Powell. The Last Command was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” in 2006 by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
About Organist Jonas Nordwall
Jonas Nordwall is an internationally renowned virtuoso organist equally skilled in both traditional classical and modern/popular schools of musical performance. He has performed in North America, Japan, Europe, and China and has made eight concert tours to Australia. Nordwall is the only organist to play a public recital on the famous concert organ in Sydney’s Town Hall to an audience of more than 2000 that was also broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Company. In 1999, he was an adjudicator and guest recitalist for the Swiss International Organ Competition in Geneva, Switzerland.