Silent Film Concert Schedule:
September 4, 2009 at 8pm
The General?with original soundtrack performed by Golden Arm Trio
October 16, 2009 at 8pm
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with original soundtrack performed by Two Star Symphony
November 6, 2009 at 8pm
Pandora’s Box with original soundtrack performed by Golden Arm Trio
All performances are FREE at Discovery Green.
ABOUT THE FILMS:
The General (1926) Train engineer Johnny Gray (Buster Keaton) is turned down when he tries to enlist in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War as his occupation is deemed too important. When his train (The General) is stolen by Union soldiers so that it can be used to attack Confederate forces, only Johnny and his girl Annabelle Lee can save the train and warn the Confederates about an impending attack. Directed by Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari? (1919)? An insane asylum inmate explains to his psychiatrist how he came to the institution, telling the story of the evil hypnotist Caligari and his unwitting pawn, the sleepwalker Cesare.? This stark German expressionist film astonishes with the power of its sets and visuals. Directed by Robert Wiene.
Pandora’s Box (1929) Siren of the Silver Screen, Louise Brooks stars as Lulu, a young and impulsive vaudeville performer whose uninhibited sexuality leads to her downfall. After convicted of murder she escapes to France and then later London where she meets her doom at the hands of Jack the Ripper. Directed by G. W. Pabst
ABOUT THE BANDS:
Golden Arm Trio
Graham Reynolds is a composer, bandleader, pianist and drummer based in Austin, Texas who works constantly in theater, dance, film, concert halls, and nightclubs. His compositions include five symphonies, two operas, a violin concerto, a full length ballet, a work for children’s choir, more than a dozen one movement string quartets and countless chamber music pieces. FILM scores include five feature films, dozens of short films, animated shorts, and more than 20 silent films. Film collaborators have included Richard Linklater, Steve Collins and Luke Savisky. PERFORMANCE highlights include a live appearance on NPR’s Talk of the Nation and a night at the Kennedy Center. COMPOSITIONS by Graham Reynolds Include five symphonies, two operas, a violin concerto, more than a dozen one movement string quartets, and countless chamber music pieces. THEATER ranging from recorded incidental music to fully scored musicals with live accompaniment on more than a dozen productions. Graham is the resident composer with Salvage Vanguard Theater and a company member with the Rude Mechs.? DANCE collaborators have included choreographers Yakov Sharir, Ellen Bartel, Andrea Ariel, and most recently a commission from Ballet Austin to create the score for the 2008 premiere, Cult of Color: Call to Color. More at: http://www.myspace.com/thegoldenarmtrio
Two Star Symphony
Houston’s most unusual string ensemble performing all original music. Since its inception in 2002, the group has played many venues from small bars to vast auditoriums, collaborated with local theaters and traveled to both coasts to perform. Their aim is to create new and diverse music that speaks to the collective conscience of a broad audience, with music evoking starkly sketched imagery: a drunken pirate walks the plank, a marionette gains its footing, a black cat turns and hisses, a poisoned apple is offered, and goblins attack.? Their love for composing soundtracks brought them to The Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Two Star Symphony Orchestra has performed live to films such as “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” and 24 short films from “Unseen Cinema: Experimental Treasures from the World’s Leading Archives.”