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7:30 PM

Magic & Music: The Films of George Méliès Cine-Concert
Opening Night

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Join us for a magical evening of film and music collaborations that has been hundreds of years in the making. French filmmaker George Méliès, originally an illusionist famously depicted in Martin Scorcese's Hugo, was one of cinema’s founding fathers and is responsible for inventing some of movie-making’s first special effects. Jeff Rapsis, a composer and performer who specializes in creating live musical scores for silent film screenings, and virtuoso guitarist Paul Bielatowicz, best known for his work with some of progressive rock’s biggest names, such as Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer), Steve Hackett (Genesis), and Les Paul, will provide music and narration for a selection of Méliès's most famous silent short films, including A Trip to the Moon, Man with the Rubber Head, and The Human Fly. Age 5-Adult ($12)


Using a mix of material created beforehand and free improvisation, Jeff Rapsis creates musical soundtracks to help bring classic vintage films to life again. He regularly performs at Boston-area venues, as well as at the Kansas Silent Film Festival, the Revue Cinema in Toronto, the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in Fremont, CA, and the Packard Theatre at the U.S. Library of Congress. In March, he will appear as guest accompanist at the Kennington Bioscope silent film theater in London. His Kilimanjaro Suite for Orchestra recently premiered with the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra.


Paul Bielatowicz's current solo project mixes screenings of silent movies from the dawn of cinema with some of classical music’s most famous works, as well as a few of Paul’s original compositions, all arranged for solo electric guitar and played live as you’ve never heard (or seen) before.


This program is supported in part by generous grants from the Gravester Foundation and Mass Cultural Council

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