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Right In the Eye: A Live Performance Accompanying the Silent Films of George Mieles

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Thursday, October 27 at 7PM, Doors at 6:30PM
Smith Opera House

A live concert designed as a soundtrack to a montage of silent films by George Méliès (1861 – 1938) considered to be one of the inventors of cinematography.  It is the musical brainchild of Jean-François Alcoléa who has created a magical show where a multi-layered, evocative and intricate score complements and interprets the otherwise silent films.  A trio of virtuoso musicians are almost a show in themselves, as they conjure music from an extraordinary array of instruments: basics like piano, percussion and guitar; fantastic oddities like the aquaphone (ocean harp), theremin and melodica; and mundane objects like stemware, circular saws, and even plastic take-out lids.  The mesmerizing score and panoply of unexpected sound expertly evokes the technical wizardry, hilarity, and stream of invention bequeathed to cinema by Méliès.

“An exuberant mixed-media feast full of experimental verve.”  The Fountain, Edinburgh Fringe Festival

“A magical hour where films, lighting and music weave a rich tapestry.  A unique experience that goes way beyond merely watching very old movies.  SG Fringe, Edinburgh

“It is at once inventive, elegant, and moving … right to the core!”  Chronique Festival Avignon

Tickets:$23 adults, $17 youth/students (fees included)
Mieles film still