Archive for July 8th, 2010

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Announces Free Screening of Classic Silent Film Sparrows with Live Premiere of New Soundtrack

DETROIT, (July 8, 2010) – Join the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and The Mary Pickford Foundation as they present a free screening of the 1926 silent film gem, Sparrows, starring Mary Pickford.  The highlight of the screening will be the world premiere of a new soundtrack to this classic film, composed by Jeffrey Silverman and performed live by the DSO. The performance is conducted by Hugh Munro Neely and takes place on Thu., July 15 at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. for additional pre-concert activities.


As a sample of what to look forward to on Thu., July 15, local actors and musicians will reenact the process of filming a silent movie on Fri., July 9 and Sat., July 10 during the pre-concert activities for the Detroit Symphony at Ford House concerts in Grosse Pointe Shores. On the day of the screening, Thu., July 15, there will be several pre-concert activities in the Max M. Fisher Music Center. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., an informative Q&A Salon with composer Jeffrey Silverman will be held in Allesee Hall. At 6:20 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. in The Music Box, the Mary Pickford Institute will present two live stage performances of Land of Dreams, a 25-min play that introduces Mary Pickford, Hollywood’s first superstar. Throughout the evening on Thu., July 15, local actors will reenact silent movie filming in the Max. M. Fisher Atrium. The film, Sparrows, begins at 8 p.m. on Thu., July 15 in Orchestra Hall. READ MORE

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