THE LITTLE THEATRE PRESENTS TWO SILENT FILMS ACCOMPANIED BY LIVE MUSIC FROM THE ANDREW ALDEN ENSEMBLE

Release Date: 
Mon, 02/04/2013

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(Rochester, New York) February 4, 2013 – The Little Theatre hosts two silent films accompanied by Andrew Alden Ensemble on Thursday, February 7 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, February 9 at 3 p.m. The Andrew Alden Ensemble is a chamber music group from Berklee School of Music. Tickets are $10.

The first film, screening on Thursday, February 7 at 7 p.m., is the 1925 silent adventure film The Lost World, an adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's 1912 novel of the same name. The story begins with reporter Edward Malone (Lloyd Hughes), who wants to marry Gladys Hungerford (Alma Bennett). Gladys, however, only wants to marry a man of great deeds. So Malone, having asked his editor for an adventuresome assignment, is given the task of interviewing Professor Challenger (Wallace Beery), who is planning an expedition to a "lost world." Malone accompanies Challenger and his men to South America where, on a great plateau, they find a prehistoric world occupied by dinosaurs and ape-like men. 

The second film, screening on Saturday, February 9 at 3 p.m., is Phantom of the Opera, a 1925 silent horror film. Lon Chaney stars as Erik, a much-feared fiend who haunts the Paris Opera House. Lurking around the damp, dank passages deep in the cellars of the theater, he secretly coaches understudy Christine Daae to be an opera star. Through a startling sequence of terrors, including sending a giant chandelier crashing down on the opera patrons, the Phantom forces the lead soprano to withdraw from the opera, permitting Christine to step in.

The Andrew Alden Ensemble’s mission is to bring forth new music for chamber music and film. The ensemble includes: Andrew Alden, composer, piano/synthesizer; Beltran Del Campo, violin/viola; Nat Saralamba, electric guitar; Andy Cantu, drums/percussion.

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The Little Theatre opened in 1929 and established not-for-profit status in 1998. The non-profit screens more than 100 American independent and foreign films for the greater Rochester community each year. It also hosts a varied slate of art shows, film festivals and series, and music throughout the year. The Little provides filmmakers, local musicians, and fine artists a professional space to share their visions with a diverse audience and to discuss their work through educational talkbacks. www.thelittle.org
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