SCHENECTADY – On January 14, the Proctors Theater will step back in time and present a silent film, accompanied by a live orchestra. The presentation is part of the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra’s first concert of the new year and features a homage to silent film, with a film, written and produced by Niskayuna native Dave Keen.
“I’m excited and honored to present a piece of mine with the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra. Boof Margarine tips the hat to the early comedy and cinema as well as the vaudeville acts that preceded and inspired that cinema,” said Keen, “To screen it at the famous Proctor’s Theater is so altogether fitting. Music and sound has always been the primary inspiration in my life, and cinema is very musical, even without any music, so it seemed the natural next step after music performance and composition.”
“This will be a wonderful showcase for local composer and Niskayuna High School graduate David Keen,” said SSO Music Director, Charles Schneider, “It’s always very exciting to feature a performer who has gone on to a and an illustrious career – in this case composing music to accompany silent films! We are very excited about this collaboration and hope our audience will find exciting as well!
In addition, Sunday’s program includes a reworked Symphony No. One by New York City composer Ed Green, who will be in attendance, and concludes with Symphony No. One by Georges Bizet.
Edward Green is an award-winning composer and educator. He is included in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, was named a Fulbright Senior Specialist by CIES (Council for International Exchange of Scholars), and is on the faculties of the Aesthetic Realism Foundation in New York and the Manhattan School of Music, where he has been a professor since 1984, teaching courses in composition, jazz history, and world music. Among his numerous awards as a composer was the 1995 Zoltan Kodaly International Composer’s Prize, and his Concertino for Piano and Chamber Orchestra was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award in the category “Best Classical Contemporary Composition.”
The performance will be Sunday, January 14th at 3pm at Proctors in Schenectady, NY. Single tickets $20 and $12. 18 and younger FREE when accompanied by an adult with a paid ticket. No fees for ticket purchased at the Proctors Box Office.
Composer/filmaker and Niskayuna native, Dave Keen