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Oct. 21, 2013

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

WTAMU Symphony Orchestra to Present ‘The Kid’ in Live Cinema

CANYON, Texas—The West Texas A&M University Symphony Orchestra will bring the magic of live cinema to campus with the presentation of Charlie Chaplin’s classic silent film The Kid at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 at Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall.

The WTAMU Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Mark Bartley, associate professor of music, will perform the musical score, composed by Dr. B.J. Brooks, associate professor of music, while the 1921 black-and-white silent film plays on the wide screen.The Kid

The Kid, Chaplin’s first full-length movie, was the second-highest grossing film in 1921. Chaplin stars as the Tramp and Jackie Coogan as the kid. It tells the story of the love between the Tramp and the abandoned child he takes in as his own.

Films of that era lacked pre-recorded soundtracks, and audiences relied on live accompaniment to add suspense and drama to the scenes playing before their eyes. A musical score was written by Chaplin for the film’s re-release in 1971, but Brooks composed a new score for the symphony orchestra’s 2009 presentation of the classic film. This year the symphony orchestra will be playing a revised version of Brooks’ original score.

“Most of the revisions are behind the scenes to ensure that the score lines up with the film,” he said. “A few other portions have been edited for consistency.”

The musical score features three main themes representing the three main characters—the Tramp, the kid and the mother of the abandoned child. The specific music follows each character throughout the film and the movie ends with a big swell of music, which Brooks wrote as a combination of all three themes playing together.

The WT Symphony Orchestra will take the production on the road with a 7 p.m. presentation Monday, Oct. 28 at the La Rita Theater in Dalhart and an 8 p.m. show Tuesday, Oct. 29 at the Yucca Theater in Midland. The group also will work with music students in both Dalhart and Midland prior to the live cinema performances in each city.

For advance tickets to the WTAMU production, call Tracy See at 806-651-2854. Tickets are $5 for general admission or free with a Buff Gold Card.


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