Michael Bacon to Host Chaplin Film Screening Accompanied by Live Orchestra
The New School's College of Performing Arts presents the sixth edition of (Un)Silent Film Night, a performance series in which The College of Performing Arts Theater Orchestra performs live music to classic silent films. Previous events in the series hosted by Matthew Broderick, Bill Irwin, Rob Bartlett, and Ed Rothstein, have drawn capacity crowds to the 400-seat Tishman Auditorium at The New School.
Under the baton of music director Mark Gould, the orchestra, composed of students from Mannes School of Music and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, will perform Charlie Chaplin's original score to his classic silent film, City Lights. Emmy Award-winning musician and composer, Michael Bacon will host the event.
Date: Monday, October 9
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Tishman Auditorium at The New School (63 Fifth Avenue, NYC).
Admission: Admission is free and open to the public. No ticket required.
City Lights is a 1931 American pre-Code silent romantic comedy film written, produced, directed, scored by and starring Charlie Chaplin. The story follows the misadventures of Chaplin's Tramp as he falls in love with a blind girl (Virginia Cherrill) and develops a turbulent friendship with an alcoholic millionaire (Harry Myers). Today, many critics consider it not only the highest accomplishment of Chaplin's career, but one of the greatest films of all time. In 1991, the Library of Congress selected City Lights for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked it 11th on its list of the best American films ever made. In 1949, the critic James Agee referred to the final scene in the film as the "greatest single piece of acting ever committed to celluloid". (Wikipedia)
Michael Bacon (host) is an accomplished composer for film and television, with numerous awards to his credit. He is represented for film and television by First Artists Management. His recent film score projects include: ALL ABOUT ANN: Governor Richards Of The Lone Star State for HBO, MORGENTHAU for WNET/PBS by Dog Green Productions, The Buddha for PBS by David Grubin. Teddy: In His Own Words for HBO (Emmy Winner for HBO), Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words, Boy Interrupted (Sundance selection) for HBO, The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer for PBS, the theme for Bill Moyer's Journal, and African American Lives (1 and 2), This Emotional Life, Faces of America, and Rescuing Russia. More: http://www.michaelbaconmusic.com/
Mark Gould (conductor) is one of the best known orchestral musicians of his generation. He was principal trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 1974-2003 and has been on the faculty of The Juilliard School since 1982. Mr. Gould joined the faculty at Mannes School of Music in January of 2017.
About The College of Performing Arts and its three schools: The Mannes School of Music, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and The New School for Drama
The New School's College of Performing Arts (CoPA), formed in the fall of 2015, brings together Mannes School of Music, the iconic 100-year-old conservatory; the legendary New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and the innovative and ground-breaking School of Drama. With each school contributing its unique culture of excellence, the College of Performing Arts creates opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, innovative education, and world-class performances. As part of the formation of The College, Mannes has moved into the newly renovated Arnhold Hall in Greenwich Village, a state-of-the-art facility designed especially for the performing arts. Also housed in Arnhold Hall are The School of Jazz and the School of Drama's BFA program. As a part of The New School, students and faculty across the College of Performing Arts experience a supportive and rigorous environment with enhanced opportunities to collaborate with colleagues in a wide array of disciplines, from the visual arts and fashion design, to the social sciences, to public policy and advocacy, and more. CoPA has over 900 degree and diploma seeking students, including a variety of programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as Mannes Prep, a pre-college program with 400 students.
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