Monday, April 6, 2015

UNO to Present Silent Movies with New Music

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The University of New Orleans’ film and music departments are teaming up to present “Not-So-Silent Night,” an evening of classic silent films accompanied by new music composed by UNO students and performed live.

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The University of New Orleans film and music departments present "Not-So-Silent-Night,"an evening of classic silent films accompanied by new music composed by UNO students and performed live.

The event takes place at 7 p.m. on Friday April 10, 2015 in the Robert E. Nims Theatre inside UNO's Performing Arts Center.

Guest musicians include the acclaimed New York-based group Contemporaneous as well as local standouts Jonathan Freilich, Steve Orejudos, Doug Therrien and Dieter Schodde. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in the Robert E. Nims Theatre inside UNO’s Performing Arts Center.

The films include Man Ray’s “Le Retour a la Raison,” Edwin S. Porter’s “The Life of an American Fireman, Hans Richter’s “Ghosts Before Breakfast” and “Inflation,” and “The Sinking of the Lusitania”, the first animated film to use cel technology.

“To the Limit,” a UNO student film directed by faculty members Laura Medina and Hamp Overton will also be shown. 

Music professor Yotam Haber and film professor Henry Griffin are spearheading the project. The UNO student composers are Bill Malchow, Byron Asher, J.P. Carmody, Robin Sherman, Meijah Lieteau, Soren Andrade, Shawn Myers and Darrion Bailey.

The “Not-So-Silent Night” performance is part of Contemporaneous’ second new music residency at UNO, which will run from April 8-13.

Workshops and Performances

During its 2015 residency at UNO, Contemporaneous will hold two public workshops on campus: a young composer reading session from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, April 9 and a “Business of Being a Musician” workshop from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday April 10.


Contemporaneous will perform world premiere chamber works by UNO students, UNO composition professor Yotam Haber and Tulane composition professor Maxwell Dulaney at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, in the Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

“Bringing Contemporaneous back is so exciting for us, as it deepens our commitment to excellence in bringing world-class contemporary music to UNO,” Haber said.

“We've broadened the scope of this year's residency, collaborating with the UNO Department of Film and Theatre, to showcase eight extraordinary silent films scored by our very own students.”

Based in New York City, Contemporaneous is an ensemble of 21 musicians whose mission is to bring to life the new music of now. The group performs and promotes the most exciting work of living composers through innovative concerts, commissions, recordings and educational programs. It has premiered more than 50 works and performed more than 80 concerts.

During its 2015 residency at UNO, Contemporaneous will hold two public workshops on campus: a young composer reading session from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on April 9 and a “Business of Being a Musician” workshop from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, April 10.

On Saturday, April 11, Contemporaneous will perform world premiere chamber works by UNO students, UNO composition professor Yotam Haber and Tulane composition professor Maxwell Dulaney in the Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m.

 

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