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The Phantom of the Opera film with Alloy Orchestra

The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera

You’re invited to come in costume for a Halloween screening of the silent film classic The Phantom of the Opera accompanied by the live, original music of Alloy Orchestra on Friday, October 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Theatre of the Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College. Tickets range from $25 to $15 depending on seating and $5 for KSC students. For tickets, contact the Redfern Box Office, which has extended its hours this season and is open Monday to Friday, from noon to 6 p.m., call 603-358-2168 or order online at www.keene.edu/racbp.

See a video clip of the performance and get more information about Alloy Orchestra and The Phantom of the Opera.

There are several free public activities surrounding this event. There will be a Horror Film Posters Exhibit from the KSC Film Archives, organized by the Keene State College Film Society, from Monday to Friday, October 27 to 31, in the Main Lobby of the Redfern Arts Center. The same day as the performance, there will be a talk on the Restoration of The Phantom of the Opera and Composing for Silent Film at 2 p.m. Friday, October 31, in the Alumni Recital Hall. After the show, there’s a costume party, reception and meet-and-greet with the artists in the lobby where free refreshments will be on the house.

After their sold out performance of Metropolis in 2013, Boston’s beloved Alloy Orchestra returns to Keene on Halloween with their original score to one of the scariest and most influential horror films of all time The Phantom of the Opera. The 1925 Lon Chaney classic inspired the long-running Broadway musical of the same name. Chaney’s version of the gruesome Phantom is considered one of the scariest horror villains of all time.

The three-man musical ensemble Alloy Orchestra works with an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects such as drums, hubcaps, truck springs, and other found metal to create their original score to a recently restored version of The Phantom of the Opera. It’s a much different and spookier sound than the usual organ music that accompanies silent movies.

Film critic Roger Ebert hails Alloy as “the best in the world at accompanying silent films.”

The New York Times says that Alloy Orchestra has “…made it their mission to reintroduce the silent era to the surround-sound generation.”

This performance is co-presented with the Keene State College Film Society and is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

About Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College

The Arts Center is named in honor of Dr. Leo F. Redfern, Keene State College President from 1969 to 1979 for his vision, commitment, and eloquence on behalf of the arts that made funding and construction of the facility a reality. In 1981, KSC inaugurated this new performing arts center, with the goal of providing unforgettable artistic encounters for the campus and community. Now in its 33rd year, the Redfern Arts Center presents and fosters dynamic, multifaceted arts experiences through performances, residencies, and related programs that deepen the connection between the arts and audiences, both from the campus and the greater Monadnock region.

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