Classical Spree 17-18

19.Laurel and Hardy: Organ and Film

19.Laurel and Hardy: Organ and Film


Maison symphonique de Montréal

The OSM Classical Spree is proud to present Laurel and Hardy – perhaps the best-known comedy duo of all time! Two films from the late 1920s, You’re Darn Tootin’ and Big Business, will be screened at the Maison symphonique with live accompaniment by Gabriel Thibaudeau, past master of the silent film soundtrack.


YOUTH RATE 17 years and under : $10 per concert


From $15 à $45*


4:00 PM

Gabriel Thibaudeau, organ


Film You’re darn tootin’ (1928, 22 min.)

Film Big Business (1929, 18 min.)

Programme Notes:


Stanley Laurel and Oliver Hardy are fired from the city band after having caused trouble despite themselves. The two friends resort to street-busking to make a bit of money, but soon, conflict breaks out between them. They engage passers-by in the process and manage to trigger a full-fledged street fight.




Laurel and Hardy (Stan and Ollie) are employed as door-to-door Christmas tree salesmen in California. After two disappointments, they try their luck with a third prospective client (James Finlayson). After the latter has shown them the exit, the Christmas tree gets stuck in the door, and they must ring the doorbell again. The situation degenerates into a veritable demolition spree: first, Ollie’s clothes, then the duo’s car and parts of the client’s house. One of the most hilarious masterpieces from this classic comic duo.

Gabriel Thibaudeau

Born in 1959, Canadian composer, pianist, and conductor Gabriel Thibaudeau studied piano at the École de musique Vincent D’Indy in Montreal and composition at the Université de Montréal. At the age of 15, he began working as a ballet accompanist and soon after, was hired as a pianist for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. For the past three decades, Thibaudeau has enjoyed his tenure as Pianist-in-Residence at the Cinémathèque Québécoise and as Composer-in-Residence with the Parisian chamber music ensemble L’Octuor de France since 1998. His works have been widely performed throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Several international institutions have commissioned works by Mr. Thibaudeau, including the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the Cineteca di Bologna, Festival de Cannes, National Gallery in Washington, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.