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Coming to the Redfern: Metropolis

From Jackie Hooper, Redfern Arts Center:

The Complete Metropolis, a silent film classic, will be brought to the big screen with live accompaniment by Alloy Orchestra on Wednesday, January 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Redfern Arts Center. At 2 p.m. the day of the performance, Alloy Orchestra will explain and demonstrate how they create a musical film score at a workshop in the Alumni Recital Hall. This workshop is free and open to the public.

Working with a clamorous assemblage of unusual percussion instruments, Alloy Orchestra, a three man musical ensemble based in Boston, performs its original live score to the newly restored version of Fritz Lang’s 1926 silent masterpiece _Metropolis,_considered the first science fiction classic.

This performance is co-presented by the Redfern Arts Center and KSC’s Film Society in collaboration with the Film Studies Department. The Film Society is programming additional silent films to be screened throughout the spring following _Metropolis. _D.W. Griffith’s Way Down East will be accompanied by Jeff Rapsis on piano on Thursday, February 28 at 7 p.m.

An special exhibit of film posters from the Film Society’s collection will be on display in the Redfern’s lobby from January 22 to February 4. A replica of the rare _Metropolis _poster will be part of this exhibit. Hailed as the most valuable one sheet in the world, an original Metropolis film poster was among nine rare and early film posters that sold for $1.2 million at a December 13 auction. It is one of only four known to exist.

Tickets to the performance are $20 for the general public, $15 for senior citizens and children, and $5 for Keene State students. For tickets, call the Redfern Box Office at 603-358-2168 or order online at

This performance 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.

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