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The Coolidge Corner Theatre is proud to welcome back Berklee's Sheldon Mirowitz, a professor in the Film Scoring Department, and the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (BSFO) for the world premiere of the BSFO's new, original score to E.A. Dupont’s Weimar-era masterwork, Varieté (1926). This is the 10th original Berklee score the Coolidge has commissioned for their Sounds of Silents program. This BSFO performance follows its sold-out, Symphony Hall triumph on October 30, 2015, the night before Halloween: a performance of their new orchestral score for Nosferatu (1922) with maestro Keith Lockhart conducting the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.
In Varieté, silent film giant Emil Jannings stars in a wrenching tale of love and lust set in a circus, with trapeze artists and murder. Known as Jealousy when released in America 90 years ago, Varieté will be shown in New England in its complete, unexpurgated form for the very first time, in a gorgeous new digital restoration, with the 12-piece BSFO performing live to picture and conducted by the six student composers themselves.
The recipient of a special commendation from the Boston Society of Film Critics, the BSFO is dedicated to composing new, original scores for silent feature classics and performing them live to picture. Based at Boston’s Berklee College of Music in the world’s only undergraduate degree program in film scoring, this student orchestra composes its new works and performs as an ensemble under the leadership of Mirowitz (Outside Providence, Missing in America). To date, the BSFO has scored and performed nine iconic silent features including F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise, Faust, and The Last Laugh; Clarence Badger’s It; Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin; Buster Keaton’s Our Hospitality; E.A. Dupont’s Piccadilly; and Rupert Julian’s The Phantom of the Opera. Each was commissioned by the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s Sounds of Silents program.