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Arts Council Presents Silent Films with Scores Performed Live  

The Classical Concert Series, within the College of Communication and the Arts' Arts Council, will present two silent films with scores performed live as part of the 2019 South Orange Maplewood (SOMA) Film Festival on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Jubilee Hall Auditorium.

Alloy Orchestra band photo

Pictured: The Alloy Orchestra

Experience the excitement and joy of silent film with performances by 20 Digitus Duo, named a Top 50 Favorite Artist by Artslandia, and The Alloy Orchestra, a three-man ensemble that writes and performs soundtracks to classic silent films. The evening will feature:

  • Ghosts Before Breakfast, a 1928 animated short film directed by Hans Richter. With the use of stop motion and live action, the short film tells the story of everyday objects rebelling against their daily routine.
  • Speedy, a 1928 comedy directed by Ted Wilde. Follow Harold "Speedy" Swift, a fan of Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees, as he saves the city's last horse-drawn trolley from extinction.

Following the screenings, a discussion will be facilitated by Ghost Before Breakfast's soundtrack composer and Assistant Professor of Sound Production and Engineering Dag Gabrielsen, Ph.D., along with Associate Professor and Musicologist, Paul Christiansen, Ph.D.

Digitus Duo portrait

Pictured: 20 Digitus Duo

"The Classical Concert Series has featured many interdisciplinary concerts over the years—working amidst the intersection of the arts is one of the great joys of teaching at a liberal arts institution," said Dena Levine, D.M.A., Associate Professor of Music. "I was inspired to program this concert a couple of years ago when I was made aware of the wonderful scoring for Ghosts Before Breakfast by my colleague in the Music Program, Assistant Professor Dag Gabrielsen. Our College's connection with the SOMA Film Festival and our Department's programs in both film and music made this a perfect fit for us right now."

This is first partnership between the Classical Concert Series and the SOMA Film Festival. Admission is free; however, registration is recommended. Register for the SOMA Film Festival through the Eventbrite page »

About the Artists:

  • 20 Digitus Duo features pianists Maria Garcia and Momoko Muramatsu who joined forces in 2014 to explore the two piano and one piano-our hand repertoire creating 20 Digitus, or "Twenty Fingers". Hailed by the press as "Dynamite", "Intrepid" and "Impressive" they explore the classical standards and the vast repertoire of their shared Latin American musical heritage, and are deeply committed to working with composers in creating new works for the medium.
  • The Alloy Orchestra is a three-man musical ensemble who work together to create soulful music from unlikely sources. Featuring Terry Donahue, Ken Winokur and Roger C. Miller, the group is well known for performing alongside silent films and has revived some of the greatest masterpieces of the silent era.

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Categories: Arts and Culture

For more information, please contact:

  • Danielle Clements
  • (973) 275-4831
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