Dennis James Hosts Halloween
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The kitch of silent film combines with the clamor of spooky sounds in this favorite IU Auditorium Halloween treat. Get ready for one of the most unique and family friendly theatrical events around as IU Alum Dennis James, along with fellow musician Mark Goldstein—together known as the Filmharmonia Duo—accompany the playfully eerie Sci-Fi silent film classic Aelita, Queen of Mars!
The duo has played for sold-out crowds and received numerous standing ovations across the globe for their unparalleled musical accompaniment, which combines pipe organ music with experimental electronic sound effects instrumentation. James, an Indiana University alumnus, will provide virtuosic accompaniment on the organ, and the pioneering 1919 Soviet musical instrument invention: the Theremin. Goldstein further enhances the production with the Bulcha Lightning Wands, an electronic musical device that, in order to play properly, provides a show of its own—with Goldstein waving and dancing about the stage.
Aelita is the story of an engineer named Los who, pursued for the murder of his wife, escapes to Mars on a flying machine of his own invention, accompanied by two unlikely companions: the detective investigating the murder and a good-hearted Red Army soldier. On Mars, Los falls in love with the planet's ruler, but is also imprisoned, enslaved, and involved in a revolution. How will he escape back to Earth? What is to become of him and his companions?
Aelita launched the Filmharmonia programs career accompanying silent films in 1991. Filmharmonia's celebrated combination of traditional silent film scoring and authentic period instrumental textures has consistently received critical praise and standing ovations at festive Aelita screenings worldwide. The film features fascinating sets and intriguing costumes designed in the Soviet Constructivist style by several of that avant-garde movement's most famous practitioners. The source music was selected from a published set of Soviet film cue music provided by Naum Kleiman of the Moscow Cinematheque.
From Singapore to Vienna to Salzburg, Filmharmonia’s compelling organ and eerie electronic music have fascinated audiences around the world. A critic raved, “I wasn’t sure how I was going to like the electronics, but the score was a mélange of Gounod’s melodies, Bach’s Passacaglia in C minor, and wonderfully eerie Sci-Fi effects. I loved it!”
Dennis James exclaimed, “With the project being a glorious pioneering example of the Sci-Fi film genre, it will work quite well for a Halloween crowd—with rockets, space travel, Martians… who could ask for anything more?”
- Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 7:30 PM
- $21, $21, $16
- $16, $16, $8
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