Past Events

This season, I will be continuing my interests in humanistic music and theatrical genres.
Each of my threads of interest – opera, silent film, Greco-Roman antiquity, and folk music –
grows a little longer in the coming months.

More events will be added as they are confirmed.

September 2017

September 23
4:00 PM

New Music for Silent Film
Aloha Wanderwell Baker: Film Adventuress
From Vault to Screen: Restorations from the Academy Film Archive
I will be providing music to accompany films of Baker as part of this presentation.
National Gallery of Art
Washington, DC

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October 2017

October 7
7:30 PM

New Music for Silent Film
Columbia Orchestra (Jason Love, Music Director) presents the Premiere of my new score for Chaplin's THE IMMIGRANT (1917)
Jim Rouse Theater
Columbia, MD

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October 21
4:00 PM

New Music for Silent Film
Ciné-Concert: Mother
Revolutionary Rising: Soviet Film Vanguard
National Gallery of Art
Washington, DC

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October 27
7:30 PM

New Music for Silent Film
NOSFERATU (dir. F.W. Murnau, 1922)
AFI Silver Theatre
Silver Spring, MD

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October 29
4:00 PM

New Music for Silent Film
Atlas Silent Film Series: CABINET OF DOCTOR CALIGARI (1920)
and THE DEVIL'S ASSISTANT (1917)
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Washington, DC

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November 2017

November 2
7:30 PM

New Music for Silent Film
SAFETY LAST! (starring Harold Lloyd, 1923)
I accompany this classic silent (with the iconic image of Lloyd hanging from the clock's hands) on the Mt. Pony Theater's Walker theater organ
Library of Congress Packard Campus
Culpeper, VA

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November 4
2:30 PM

New Music for Silent Film
Ciné-Concert: OLD AND NEW (THE GENERAL LINE) (dir. Sergei Eisenstein)
Sergei Eisenstein's film about changes in agriculture after the Soviet Revolution. I will provide a new piano score for this. Part of the NGA's series "Revolutionary Rising: Soviet Film Vanguard"
National Gallery of Art
East Building Auditorium
Washington, DC

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November 9
7:15 PM

New Music for Silent Film
CHILDREN OF DIVORCE (starring Gary Cooper and Clara Bow, 1927)
This sentimental drama shows the results of a not-uncommon 1920's event: couples waking up to discover themselves married after an under-the-influence wedding the night before which they cannot remember. The story revolves around such mistakenly-married couple trying to honor the marital commitment and not divorce - as their own parents did.
I will provide a theater organ score for this lovely film. Part of AFI's Silent Cinema Showcase.
AFI Silver Theatre
Silver Spring, MD

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November 12
4:00 PM

New Music for Silent Film
FRAGMENT OF AN EMPIRE (Fridrikh Ermler, 1929)
followed by EARTH (Alexander Dovzhenko, 1930)
Two more films from the early Soviet era: the first dealing with a Russian soldier who loses his memory during WWI and recovers it post-Revolution, the second a drama featuring conflicts around farm collectivization. I will create new piano scores to accompany both.
Part of the NGA's series "Revolutionary Rising: Soviet Film Vanguard"
National Gallery of Art
Washington, DC

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November 21
7:15 PM

New Music for Silent Film
CHICAGO (dir. Frank Urson, 1927)
AFI Silver Theatre (Silent Cinema Showcase)
Silver Spring, MD

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December 2017

December 2 and
December 3
3:00 PM

New Music for Silent Film
Atlas Silent Film Series presents PETER PAN
A special family presentation of the classic story, with actors reading the intertitles aloud. Free popcorn.
Appropriate for ages 6-up, involves some audience participation.
The Atlas Performing Arts Center
Washington, DC

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December 6
8:00 PM

New Piano Music
CUA faculty piano artist Nikita Fitenko premieres my short work, "The Pints of Little Rome," part of a multi-movement suite of new pieces by CUA student and faculty composers inspired by Schumann's "Scenes from Childhood." Admission free.
Ward Recital Hall
Catholic University of America

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December 28
7:00 PM

New Music for Silent Film
Program of silent comedy shorts (Langdon, Chase, Keaton)
Edgewater Beach Apartments
Chicago, IL

January 2018

January 18
7:30 PM

New Music for Silent Film
THE GENERAL (starring Buster Keaton, 1926)
Preceded by a talk by Kendra Preston Leonard
University of Mary Washington
Fredericksburg, VA

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January 20
5:00 PM

Cantate Chamber Singers
"A Joyful Noise - The Rest is Silence"
I will appear as conductor, pianist, and organist during this concert.
St. John's Norwood
Bethesda, MD

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February 2018

February 11
4:00 PM

New Music for Silent Film
LA BOHEME (1926, dir. King Vidor)
Lillian Gish and John Gilbert star in this shattering version of the same story which inspired Puccini's opera.
Atlas Silent Film Series
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Washington, DC

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February 24
7:30 PM

New Music for Silent Film
THE IMMIGRANT (orchestral score)
Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, Jason Love, guest conductor
Riverside High School
Leesburg, VA

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February 28
8:00 PM

The Golden Prophecy
Noah Getz, alto saxophone; Andrew Earle Simpson, piano
Ward Recital Hall
Catholic University of America
Washington , D.C.

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March 2018

March 17
4:00 PM and 7:30 PM

New Music for Silent Film
ONE WEEK (orchestral score)
Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra
Hoffmann Auditorium, University of St. Joseph
W. Hartford, CT

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