Red Cedar Chamber Music brings The Brinton Silent Film Project to St. Mary’s Church at 208 Meridian Street Tipton, Iowa at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2015. The Brinton Silent Film Project features Red Cedar Trio members, flutist Jan Boland, guitarist John Dowdall and cellist Carey Bostian, performing live to accompany “an exceptionally rare, perhaps unique, collection” of silent films from 1895-1910. These films, being viewed for the first time in over 100 years, comprise “perhaps the most significant collection of early films in the world.” Film owner and historian Michael Zahs will also be on hand to discuss the films and John Hegarty will portray Frank Brinton, the original owner of the films who showed them across Iowa from 1895-1910.
The concert features the premiere of new music by Harvey Sollberger, which accompanies four of the films. Arrangements by Boland and Dowdall and music from Red Cedar Chamber Music’s repertory complement the remaining 18 silent films, ranging in length from 10 seconds to 10 minutes. The films include comedy, drama, special effects, foreign scenes and magic by Georges Méliès, whose life story was featured in the film Hugo.
This is a free concert For information call 319/377-8028 or visit www.redcedar.org/schedule.html.
Red Cedar Chamber Music’s partners in the project include the Ainsworth Opera House, Special Collections at the University of Iowa and Humanities Iowa.
Sponsored by The National Endowment for the Arts. Artist sponsorship by Don and Irene (Naxera) Hamous and Vic & Jan Naxera in memory of Max Naxera. Harvey Sollberger’s commission is funded by The Augustine Foundation.
Presented in collaboration with St. Mary’s Church and Mary & John Barnum.