Slideshow: Student Scoring on Nosferatu Rouses Symphony Hall

By 
Justin Poon
November 12, 2015
The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra performs a new score to the classic horror film <i>Nosferatu</i> at Symphony Hall. The packed performance was unprecedented as, in the long history of the Boston Pops, this is the first time the orchestra has performed a full silent film score live to picture.
Berklee film scoring professor Sheldon Mirowitz (center) poses with student composers (left to right) Emily Joseph ‘15, Joy Ngiaw, Hyunsoo Nam, Jungwan “Wani” Han, Victor Kong, Matthew Morris, Elena Nezhelskaya, and Amit Cohen.
Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart speaks as Berklee President Roger H. Brown looks on with Berklee student composers.
Berklee film scoring students Elena Nezhelskaya and Jungwan “Wani” Han sign their names on the <i>Nosferatu</i> concert poster.
Film scoring student Amit Cohen talks with theremin virtuoso Rob Schwimmer.
Berklee’s student composers take a bow with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra to a standing ovation from the audience immediately following the performance.
Image by Hilary Scott
Image by Elizabeth Friar
Image by Elizabeth Friar
Image by Elizabeth Friar
Image by Elizabeth Friar
Image by Hilary Scott

On the night before Halloween, Boston’s Symphony Hall held a special event as part of Berklee’s Signature Series concerts, performing a new original score, written by Berklee professor Sheldon Mirowitz and his film scoring students, live to picture for the silent horror film Nosferatu. On stage with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra was world-class theremin player Rob Schwimmer, world-renowned conductor Keith Lockhart, and Michael Bierylo, the chair of Berklee's Electronic Production and Design. Bierylo performed on the Moog System 55 modular synthesizer, which was loaned to the department for the special performance, helping to add yet another distinctive Berklee touch an event that culminated with a standing ovation from a packed Symphony Hall.