Music Program

Friday, December 14 at 8:00 p.m.

$12 general, $10 students/seniors, $8 members

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Wooden Cities Silent Christmas

Wooden Cities:

Brendan Fitzgerald - director, percussion and sound effects
Megan Kyle - english horn and oboe
Sheryl Hadeka - horn
Jared Tinkham - guitar
Nick Emmanuel - piano
Nola Ranallo - voice
Ethan Hayden - voice and trombone
Evan Courtin - violin
Katie Weissman - cello
Megan McDevitt - bass

Wooden Cities is at it again for a fourth time with its not-so-classic, silent Christmas film scoring extravaganza! Travel to the North Pole, meet the many forms of the big jolly guy, and see how Christmas Crackers are made. It's "The Mor-er Very-est Wooden Christmas Ever!"

The seven shorts, all filmed between 1901-1925, map the full range of the silent film era, and include works by acclaimed directors Edwin S. Porter and D.W. Griffith, as well as lesser known artists like Frank Kleinschmidt. The films themselves range from simple, non-narrative moving portraits to works with complex plots and elaborate imagery, and feature many of the most charming aspects of silent film: the transparent special effects, melodramatic gestural acting, comically inexplicable edits, and, underneath it all, a warm, nostalgic poignancy.

Wooden Cities will perform live music to accompany these films, providing soundtracks that by turns augment, mimic, comment on, or undercut the action onscreen. The scores—each written by past or current members of the ensemble—range from explicitly notated, leitmotif-dense compositions, to quasi-improvisatory free jazz outbursts ... continue reading >>