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2017

January 14
1:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
Cine-Concert: Up in the Air
Silent Film Series: Jean Desmet's Dream Factory, 1906-16
National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium

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January 14
3:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
Cine-Concert: Ladies First
Silent Film Series: Jean Desmet's Dream Factory, 1906-16
National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium

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January 15
4:00 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
Cine-Concert: The Colorful World of Cinema
Silent Film Series: Jean Desmet's Dream Factory, 1906-16
National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium

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January 15
5:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
Cine-Concert: When the Earth Trembled
Silent Film Series: Jean Desmet's Dream Factory, 1906-16
National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium

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January 21
1:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
Cine-Concert: Perils of the Pictures
Silent Film Series: Jean Desmet's Dream Factory, 1906-16
National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium

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January 21
3:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
Cine-Concert: Cinema Fashionista
Silent Film Series: Jean Desmet's Dream Factory, 1906-16
National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium

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January 30
8:00 PM

In Recital: Music for Double Bass and Piano
Michael Cameron (Professor of Double Bass, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), bass; Andrew E Simpson, piano
Program includes music by Zwilich, Martinu, Stacy Garrop,
and my own Applets
University of Maryland College Park, Leah M. Smith Hall

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February 1
7:00 PM

In Recital: Music for Double Bass and Piano
Michael Cameron (Professor of Double Bass, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), bass; Andrew E Simpson, piano
Program includes music by Zwilich, Martinu, Stacy Garrop,
and my own Applets
George Mason University, Harris Theatre
Fairfax, VA

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February 10
7:30 PM

New Music for Silent Film
THE ROUND-UP (with Fatty Arbuckle, 1920)
Program includes music by Zwilich, Martinu, Stacy Garrop,
and my own Applets
Library of Congress Mt. Pony Theater
Culpeper, VA

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February 12
4:00 PM

New Music for Silent Film
Atlas Silent Film Series
Greta Garbo in FLESH AND THE DEVIL (Clarence Brown ,1926)
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Library of Congress Mt. Pony Theater
1333 H St NE Washington DC

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February 22
6:00 PM

New Music for Silent Film
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Silent Film Comedy Shorts:
WHEN KNIGHTS WERE COLD (starring Stan Laurel, 1923); Harry Langdon in THE FIRST 100 YEARS and THE HANSOM CABMAN; Charley Chase in TOO MANY MAMMAS
Library of Congress Mt. Pony Theater
NW Washington DC

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February 25
9:00 PM

Film-Cabaret: The Snark Ensemble
The Snark Ensemble returns to the scene with a revival of THE COMIC ROACH: A ROADHOUSE PICTURE SHOW at the Atlas INTERSECTIONS 2017 festival.
Atlas' Lab II Theater
Washington, DC

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February 26
7:00 PM

Film-Cabaret: The Snark Ensemble
The Snark Ensemble returns to the scene with a revival of THE COMIC ROACH: A ROADHOUSE PICTURE SHOW at the Atlas INTERSECTIONS 2017 festival.
Atlas' Lab II Theater
Washington, DC

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March 18
7:30 PM

New Music for Silent Film
GET YOUR MAN (dir. Dorothy Arzner, 1927)
The "It" girl Clara Bow stars in this romantic comedy: film restored by Library of Congress
Mt. Pony Theater
Culpeper, VA

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April 4
12:30 PM

Guest lecturer
University of Maryland College Park Composition Colloquium
College Park, MD

April 8
5:00 PM

Cantate Chamber Singers presents
"Seven Last Words and Seven First Hearings"
Cantate presents James MacMillan's powerful "Seven Last Words" and seven new pieces created by composers affilliated with Cantate.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
301 A St. SE, Washington DC

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April 23
3:00 PM

Atlas Silent Film Series
WHY BE GOOD? (dir. William A. Seiter, 1929)
Colleen Moore, the essential flapper, stars in this Jazz-Age comedy as a good girl with a bad reputation. Final offering of the Atlas' first silent film series season! Free popcorn!
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Washington, DC

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April 26
7:00 PM

Evenings with Extraordinary Artists
I present a program of silent film with new musical accompaniment. Reception to follow.
Arts Club of Washington
2017 I St. NW, Washington, DC

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May 6
2:00 PM

New Music and Digital Animation
Cine-Concert: Contemporary Experiments in Animation
I perform several newly-composed scores to accompany digital animations, with percussionist Nobue Matsuoka.
National Gallery of Art East Building Auditorium
Washington, DC

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May 18
7:30 PM

New Music for Silent Film
SHOW PEOPLE (1928, dir. King Vidor, starring Marion Davies)
I perform my piano score accompaniment
Cinema Arts Centre
Huntington, NY

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May 20
7:30 PM

New Music for Silent Film
Double Feature: THE LAST EDITION (dir. Emory Johnson, 1925) and THE FINAL EXTRA (dir. James P. Hogan, 1927)
New scores on the LOC's Walker Wurlitzer digital theater organ
Library of Congress Mt. Pony Theater, Culpeper, VA
Admission free/p>

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May 25
7:30 PM

Premiere of Jupiter Jones, for Symphony Orchestra
Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra's Symphony gives the World Premiere of JUPITER JONES: A CINEMATIC ADVENTURE FOR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, commissioned by MYCO
The Music Center at Strathmore
North Bethesda, MD

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June 3
5:00 PM

Choral Music
Cantate Chamber Singers presents "A Choral Fringe Festival," consisting of music by numerous composers including Barber, Grace Williams, and Elizabeth Maconchy
First Congregational United Church of Christ
945 G St NW, Washington, DC

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June 4
2:00 PM

New Music for Silent Film
CROSSROADS (1928, dir. Teinosuke Kinugasa)
Freer-Sackler Gallery presents the intense, amazing Japanese silent.
Warner Bros. Theater
Smithsonian Museum of American History
Washington, DC

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June 4
7:30 PM

New Music for Silent Film
Double Feature: NOW WE'RE IN THE AIR (Paramount, 1927)
restored by San Francisco Silent Film Festival,
CORPORAL KATE (DeMille Pictures, Corp. 1926)
This is part of the 6th annual Mostly Lost film identification workshop at LOC; I will again be part of the team accompanying unidentified silents during the three-day event.
Library of Congress Packard Campus
Mt. Pony Theater
Free admission

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July 8

European Premiere
THE GENERAL
Atlantic Coast Orchestra
Luis Clemente, Music Director
Vila do Conde International Film Festival
Vila do Conde, Portugal

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July 8

JUPITER JONES IN ITALY
Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra
Simeone Tartaglione, conductor
Royal Chapel of the Palace of Caserta
Caserta, Italy

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July 9

JUPITER JONES IN ITALY
Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra
Simeone Tartaglione, conductor
St. Paul's Inside the Walls
Rome, Italy

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July 11

JUPITER JONES IN ITALY
Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra
Simeone Tartaglione, conductor
Loggia dei Lanzi
Florence, Italy

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July 13

JUPITER JONES IN ITALY
Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra
Simeone Tartaglione, conductor
Piazza del Duomo
Cremona, Italy

July 15
7:30 PM

New Music for Silent Film
BREAKFAST AT SUNRISE (dir. Malcom St. Clair, 1927)
A light comedy starring Constance Talmadge, a comedienne who was one of a trio of sisters active as silent film actors.
Library of Congress Mt. Pony Theater
Culpeper, VA

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August 14
7:00 PM

New Music for Silent Film
THE WILDCAT (dir. Ernst Lubitsch, 1921)
This early Lubitsch comedy stars the evocative Pola Negri as the daughter of a mountain bandit who captivates the soldier sent out to capture her father. This will be my debut appearance at Harvard Film Archive.
Harvard Film Archive
Cambridge, MA

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August 19
2:00 PM

New Music for Silent Film
LE MIRACLE DES LOUPS (dir. Raymond Bernard, 1924)
This French historical drama depicts the struggle between King Louis XI and Charles the Bold of Burgundy, and a final scene filmed on location at Carcassonne, a French city which still retains its medieval walls. I will provide a new piano score for this film. presented as part of a series entitled "Gaumont at 120."
National Gallery of Art
Washington, DC

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2016

January 8
7:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
THE IRON HORSE (John Ford, 1924)
I will be at the Packard Campus Wurlitzer organ accompanying this epic screen homage to the steam locomotive, depicting the building of the Transcontinental Railroad.
Library of Congress Mt. Pony Theater
Culpeper, VA

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March 17-19

Guest Composer Residency
Estonian Academy of Music and Theate
Tallinn, Estonia

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April 17
4:00 PM

Premiere of "Agamemnon Suite," for orchestra
(Based on music from the opera Agamemnon)
An orchestral suite of arias from this operatic work based on Aeschylus' ancient Greek tragedy.
Catholic University of America Symphony Orchestra
Simeone Tartaglione, conductor
St. Matthew's Cathedral
Washington, D.C.

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April 30, 7:00 PM
May 1, 2:00 PM

Performance of my orchestral score for THE GENERAL
(Buster Keaton, 1926)
A repeat performance, back by popular demand, of Maestro Love and CO's 2014 performances of THE GENERAL at AFI
The Columbia Orchestra
Jason Love, conductor
AFI Silver Theatre
Silver Spring, MD

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May 11
8:45 PM

American Silent Film Comedies at Rome's Cinema Trevi
I accompany a program of American silent film comedies starring Harry Langdon and Charley Chase, in piano versions of my scores. Presented by the Cineteca Nazionale.
Cinema Trevi/Cineteca Nazionale
Vicolo del Puttarello, 25, 187 Roma

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May 14
1:45-2:45 PM

At the Mansion at Strathmore
I present a lecture on scoring for silent film and visual media, entitled "Score!" Part of Strathmore's "Seminars for Career Musicians."
The Mansion at Strathmore
North Bethesda, MD

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May 14
7:30 PM

Premiere of "Patterns and Lines," for chorus, string quartet and harp
Commissioned by Cantate Chamber Singers
Gisele Becker, Music Director and Conductor
James Rogers, baritone soloist
First Congregational United Church of Christ
945 G St NW, Washington, DC

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June 16
7:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
WHISPERING SHADOWS (dir. Emile Chautard, 1921)
THAT MODEL FROM PARIS (dir. Louis J. Gasnier, 1926)
Library of Congress Mt. Pony Theater
LOC Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation
Culpeper, VA

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June 16 - June 18

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
MOSTLY LOST 5 - A three-day symposium which attracts film specialists from around the globe who work together to identify unknown films. I am one of three accompanists at the bench, and will provide music for the Thursday, June 16 public program (see above)
LOC Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation
Culpeper, VA

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July 15
7:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
"Too Many Mammas: Silent Comedies of the Jazz Age"
A program of films with Buster Keaton, Harry Langdon, and Charley Chase.
Strand Theater
Shelbyville, IN

July 27
7:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE (dir. Sam Taylor, 1926)
Cinema Arts Centre
Huntington, NY

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August 6
2:00 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
THE BELOVED ROGUE (Alan Crosland 1927)
John Barrymore stars as medieval French poet Francois Villon. I provide a new theater organ score for this historical drama.
LOC Mt. Pony Theater
Culpeper VA

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August 27
7:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
CAPTAIN BLOOD (David and Albert E. Smith, 1924)
A swashbuckling adventure, starring J. Warren Kerrifan and Jean Paige as Arabella, made a few years before the 1935 remake starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. I will provide a new theater organ score.
LOC Mt. Pony Theater
Culpeper VA

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September 3
2:00 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
REDSKIN (Victor Schertzinger, 1929)
Richard Dix stars as Navajo Wing Foot, in a remarkably sensitive portrayal of Native American experience. Includes numerous lovely Technicolor sequences. Part of the series, "Glorious Technicolor" I reprise an organ score earlier premiered at LOC Culpeper.
AFI Silver Theater
Silver Spring, MD

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September 4
2:00 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
THE TOLL OF THE SEA (Chester M. Franklin, 1922)
Anna Mae Wong, stars in her first starring role in the first Technicolor feature filmed in Hollywood. Part of the series, "Glorious Technicolor" I provide a new theater organ score for this feature.
AFI Silver Theater
Silver Spring, MD

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September 25
4:00 PM

PERFORMANCE
BEHIND THE SCREEN (Charlie Chaplin, 1916)
SHOW PEOPLE (King Vidor, 1928)
Atlas Silent Film Series (1st season)
I inaugurate this new DC film series with two classic silents about film making.
Atlas Center for the Performing Arts
1333 H Street NE Washington, DC 20002

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October 13
6:30 and 8:00 PM

PARALLEL PRACTICES: MODERN RE-MIXED
ENTR'ACTE (Rene Clair, 1924); BALLET MECANIQUE (Fernand Leger, 1924); ANEMIC CINEMA (Marcel Duchamp, 1926)
National Gallery of Art
After Hours in the East Building, part of a year-long celebration of the East Building's reopening. Free, but online registration required. For audiences 21-over.
NGA East Building Galleries, Washington, DC

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November 2
7:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
WHISPERING SHADOWS (Emile Chataud, 1921)
I re-present my organ score for this rare film, both of which made a stir when screened at Library of Congress' Mostly Lost symposium this past summer.
AFI Silver Theatre
Culpeper, VA.

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November 5
7:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
WILD HORSE MESA (George B. Seitz, 1925)
I provide a new organ score for this Western based on a novel by Zane Grey and starring a young Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Free Admission.
Library of Congress Mt. Pony Theater
Culpeper, VA.

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November 12
1:00 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
CAVE OF THE SILKEN WEB (1927, Dan Duyu)
NGA Chinese drama thought lost until rediscovered in Norway in 2011. Free admission.
National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium
Washington, DC

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November 17-19
7:30 PM
November 20
2:00 PM

OPERA
The Outcasts of Poker Flat
Catholic University presents my one-act chamber opera based on Bret Harte's short story, in a new version with chamber ensemble.
Ward Recital Hall, Catholic University of America
Washington, DC

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November 30
7:00 PM

Music + Film at UMD
I give a master class for UMD students composing and performing new scores for short silent films.
University of Maryland, College Park, MD

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December 1
7:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
Music + Film at UMD
WHISPERING SHADOWS (Emile Chataud, 1921)
I perform a new piano score for this feature silent film as guest performer at UMD.
Leah M. Smith Hall
University of Maryland, College Park, MD

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December 11
4:00 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
THE KID (Chaplin, 1921)
The second offering of this new series presents Chaplin's classic silent comedy THE KID, with my new piano score.
Atlas Silent Film Series
Washington, DC

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December 17
2:00 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL (1928, Jean Renoir)
I provide a new piano score for this Jean Renoir silent classic on the Hans Christian Andersen tale.
National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium

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2015

January 23
7:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
TWO TARS
(MGM, 1928, starring Laurel and Hardy) and other shorts
LOC Culpeper
Culpeper, VA

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January 24
7:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
Double Feature:
FEEL MY PULSE
(Gregory La Cava, 1928)
THE AIR MAIL (Irvin Wallat, 1925)
LOC Culpeper
Culpeper, VA

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January 31
7:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
PREMIERE of a new orchestral score for Buster Keaton's comedy ONE WEEK (1920)

Commissioned by the Columbia Orchestra
The Columbia Orchestra, Jason Love, Music Director and Conductor
Theater Jim Rouse
Columbia, MD

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February 20
7:30 PM

PREMIERE OF A GROUP COMMISSION
STATIONS

14 new movements for string quartet on Stations of the Cross
Commissioned by the BTRSOM in celebration of its 50th anniversary
Church of the Little Flower
Bethesda, MD

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February 21
7:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
DRAGON PAINTER
(William Worthington, 1919, starring Sussue Hayakawa)
ONE WEEK (Buster Keaton and Eddie Cline, 1920)
Premiere of organ version of new score
LOC CULPEPER
Culpeper, VA

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March 1
7:30 PM

CHORAL MUSIC
J.S. Bach, St. John Passion (1749 version)

Cantate Chamber Singers, Gisele Becker, conductor
Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church
Bethesda, MD

March 9
7:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM: GUEST ARTIST
AELITA, QUEEN OF MARS
(Yakov Protazonov, 1924)
Kresge Auditorium, DePauw University
Greencastle, IN

March 21-22

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
Cinefest
Syracuse, NY

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March 29
5:30 PM

THE WIND (Victor Seastrom, 1928)
premiere of organ-percussion version of my 2012 score
With Chris DeChiara, percussion
AFI Silver Theater

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April 11
7:30 PM

ORPHANS OF THE STORM (D. W. Griffith, 1921)
With Chris DeChiara, percussion
A classic drama of the French Revolution, starring sisters Lillian and Dorothy Gish
Library of Congress Mt. Pony Theater

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April 19
5:00 PM

CHORAL MUSIC
Cantate Chamber Singers, "A Meditation on Civil Rights," featuring the premiere of Baltimore composer Judah Adashi's new work RISE (with Howard University's AfroBlue a cappella group) As Cantate's Keyboard Artist, I'll be on piano for this performance
Metropolitan African-American Methodist Church, DC

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July 31
7:30 PM

THE NEW KLONDIKE (Lewis Milestone, 1926)
Baseball film from an Academy Award-winning director
Mt. Pony Theater, Library of Congress Packard Campus for AudioVisual Conservation
Culpeper, VA

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August 29
7:30 PM

POSTPONED: NEW DATE TBA

VENUS OF THE SOUTH SEAS (James R. Sullivan, 1924)
Drama involving a greedy ship captain's desire for the wealth of a young heiress
Mt. Pony Theater, Library of Congress Packard Campus for AudioVisual Conservation

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October 19-23

HUMANISTIC MUSIC: VISUAL ART
University of Minnesota-Duluth Tweed Museum of Art
Presentation for UMD students, premiere of a new work performed by UMD instrumentalists in connection with the opening of an exhibition, Windows, by visual artist Sharon Louden.

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October 28
7:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
The Snark Ensemble master class at the University of Maryland

October 29
7:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
Snark Ensemble presents a program of silent films with live music at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland.
Presented by Music + Film at the University of Maryland.
Program, includes Simpson's LIBERTY.

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November 8
7:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
Cantate Chamber Singers performs Simpson's score for THE WIND (Victor Seastrom, 1928) for chorus, theater organ, and percussion.
Part of the Silent Film Series at the Weinberg Center for the Performing Arts.
Frederick, MD

New video: THE WIND in 6 seconds!

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November 14
7:30 PM

WINGS (William Wellman, 1927)
This stirring picture about WW I American aviators stars Clara Bow, with a small appearance by Gary Cooper. WINGS won the first Academy Award for Best Production.
AFI Silver Theater

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November 15
5:30 PM

BEYOND THE ROCKS (dir. Sam Wood, 1922)
Starring Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino
AFI Silver Theater

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November 21
7:30 PM

AFI Silver Theater All-Chaplin program
The Snark Ensemble returns to the AFI Silver! Program features the premiere of my score for EASY STREET (Charles Chaplin, 1917). Program also includes THE RINK and BEHIND THE SCREEN

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December 5
7:30 PM

St. John's Norwood Parish
Cantate Chamber Singers presents "I Heard it on the Radio," a program featuring Benjamin Britten The Company of Heaven and winner of Young Composer's Contest piece. I'm at the organ for this performance.
Bethesda, MD

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December 6
2:00 PM

National Gallery of Art East Wing Auditorium
Rajiv Vaidya Memorial Lecture: Technicolor at 100

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December 11
7:30 PM

Ward Recital Hall, Catholic University
Full premiere of Birds of Love and Prey, new song cycle based on texts about birds from antiquity to the present.
Deborah Sternberg, soprano, Andrew Simpson, piano.

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December 17
7:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
SO'S YOUR OLD MAN (1926, dir. Gregory LaCava, starring W.C. Fields)
Huntingont, NY

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2014

January 12
6:30 PM

New music for silent film
THE GENERAL (1926, dir. Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman)

National Gallery of Art Orchestra (Andrew Simpson, guest conductor)
National Gallery of Art East Building Auditorium
Admission free.

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January 18
4:00 PM

New music for silent film
Two Max Linder comedies:
SEVEN YEARS' BAD LUCK (Max Linder, 1921)
THE THREE MUST-GET-THERES (Max Linder, 1922)

National Gallery of Art East Building Auditorium

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January 25
1:00 PM

New music for silent film
BE MY WIFE (Max Linder, 1921)
National Gallery of Art East Building Auditorium

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February 8
5:30 PM

New music for silent film
REGENERATION (Raoul Walsh, 1915)
AFI Silver Theater

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March 29
8:00 PM

New music for silent film
THE WIND (Victor Seastrom, 1928)
Performed by Encore Vocal Arts, Gregory Ristow, Artistic Director
Footlite Musicals, Indianapolis, IN

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April 5
1:45 PM

New music for silent film
THE RED DANCE (Raoul Walsh, 1928)
AFI Silver Theater

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April 11
7:30 PM

New music for silent film
RAMONA (1928)
East Coast premiere of the LOC's newly-restored version of this Western drama starring Dolores Del Rio. Library of Congress Mt. Pony Theater, Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation, Culpeper, VA
AFI Silver Theater

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April 13
3:30 PM

New music for silent film
KINDRED OF THE DUST (Raoul Walsh, 1922)
Dramatic story set in the Pacific Northwest.
AFI Silver Theater

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April 27
5:15 PM

CHAPLIN AT KEYSTONE
iano scores to accompany several short films on the 100th anniversary of the creation of Chaplin's "Tramp" character
AFI Silver Theater

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May 3
7:30 PM

Cantate Chamber Singers:
"Dear Ben..." music by friends of Benjamin Britten
(Shostakovich, Copland, Poulenc, Imogen Holst)
St. John's Norwood, Chevy Chase, MD

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May 9
7:30 PM

New Music for Silent Film
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (John S. Robertson, 1920)
Library of Congress Mt. Pony Theater, Culpeper, VA

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May 16
7:30 PM

Premiere of BIRDS OF LOVE AND PREY
song cycle for soprano and piano

Deborah Sternberg, soprano; Mark Vogel, piano
The Lyceum, Alexandria, VA

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May 18
1:00 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
BEN-HUR (Fred Niblo, 1925)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium

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June 14
3:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
Chaplin at Mutual
New piano and organ scores for three Chaplin masterpieces:
THE CURE, THE IMMIGRANT, THE ADVENTURER

AFI Silver Theater, Silver Spring MD
Part of AFI's "Charlie Chaplin: The Tramp Turns 100" series

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June 29
4:00 PM

Chaplin at Mutual
New chamber ensemble scores for three Chaplin masterpieces:
BEHIND THE SCREEN (Saylor)*, THE RINK (Carluzzo), EASY STREET (Simpson)*

The Snark Ensemble
AFI Silver Theater, Silver Spring MD
Part of AFI's "Charlie Chaplin: The Tramp Turns 100" series

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July 19
7:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
The Snark Ensemble presents a program of original chamber scores for silent film comedies, including THE HANSOM CABMAN (1924, starring Harry Langdon)

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July 22
12:10 PM

VOCAL RECITAL
James Rogers, baritone; Andrew Simpson, piano

Church of the Epiphany
1317 G St NW, Washington DC 20005M
Music of Berg, Rachmaninoff, Faure, and Strauss
Church of the Epiphany Tuesday Concert Series
Free admission

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August 3
2:00 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
"Cinema and the Great War"
FOUR SONS (John Ford, 1928)

AFI Silver Theater

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August 23
2:00 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
"Cinema and the Great War"
THE BIG PARADE (King Vidor, 1925)

Warner Brothers Theater, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, in partnership with the National Gallery of Art

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September 1
5:00 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
"Cinema and the Great War"
WINGS (William Wellman, 1927)

Winner of the first Academy Award for Best Production
AFI Silver Theater

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September 6
4:00 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
"Cinema and the Great War"
ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (Lewis Milestone, 1930)

AFI Silver Theater

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October 10
8:30 AM

Academic paper presentation
Musical Appropriations of Classical Antiquity

Classical Association of the Atlantic States Annual Meeting
Washington, DC

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November 1
7:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
SCARAMOUCHE (Rex Ingram, 1923)

Library of Congress Mt. Pony Theater
Culpeper, VA

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November 8
7:00 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
THE GENERAL (starring Buster Keaton, 1926, chamber orchestral score)

IU student orchestra, conducted by the composer
Indiana University Cinema
Bloomington, IN

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November 9
3:00 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
THE GENERAL (starring Buster Keaton, 1926, chamber orchestral score)

IU student orchestra, conducted by the composer
Indiana University Cinema
Bloomington, IN

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November 10
7:00 PM

Guest Composer
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Composition Seminar

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November 21
7:15 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
THE GENERAL (chamber orchestral score: 2 performances!)

Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Jason Love, conductor
AFI Silver Theater
Silver Spring, MD

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November 22
1:00 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
THE IRON HORSE (dir. John Ford, 1924)

AFI Silver Theater
Silver Spring, MD

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November 22
7:15 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
THE GENERAL (chamber orchestral score)

Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Jason Love, conductor
AFI Silver Theater
Silver Spring, MD

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2013

January 13
3:30 PM

Premiere of Vistas of Rome, for cello and piano
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University Of Maryland, College Park
Jason Love, cello, Li-Ly Chang, piano

This piece, commissioned by the Music Teachers National Association and the Maryland State Music Teachers Association, was completed this fall during my semester teaching in Rome for Catholic University

 

January 19
4:00 PM

New music for silent film: Maldone (Jean Gremillon, 1927) and Chartres (Jean Gremillon, 1923)
National Gallery of Art East Wing Auditorium

This program about French director Jean Gremillon's films features Maldone, the adventures of a field hand drawn into the snares of respectable marriage and the love of a gypsy woman. The short, Chartres, is an actuality showing the French cathedral and city as it looked in 1923. I am excited to return to my position as Resident Film Accompanist at the National Gallery of Art after my semester in Rome.

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January 25
7:30 PM

New music for silent film: Mary Pickford short subjects
Mt. Pony Theater, Library of Congress Packard Campus, Culpeper, VA

I am pleased to return to my position as House Accompanist at Mt. Pony Theater after my semester in Rome, inaugurating the spring with a two-day event.

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January 26
7:30 PM

New music for silent film: Mary Pickford stars in Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall (Marshall Neilan, 1924)
Mt. Pony Theater, Library of Congress Packard Campus, Culpeper, VA

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February 1
8:00 PM

Premiere of Orpheus and the Secret Road, a myth in theater and music for soprano saxophone, harp, and electronics
ATLAS Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC

My interest in the linking of theater and music - as well as Greco-Roman antiquity - continues with this new 45-minute work based on the Greek myth of Orpheus, featuring text, movement, singing, and some virtuosic playing by Pictures on Silence (Noah Getz, saxophone, Jacqueline Pollauf, harp)


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February 16
2:00 PM

16 New music for silent film: Thomas Ince films
One a Minute (Jack Nelson, 1919), a comedy about the 1920s version of the big chain stores competing with Mom-and-Pops stors, preceded by O Mimi San (Charles Miller, 1914)
National Gallery of Art East Wing Auditorium

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February 21
5:30 PM

New music for silent film: AU BONHEUR DES DAMES (Julien Duvivier, 1930)
Tawes Recital Hall, University of Maryland
Organized by the Graduate Committee for Film Studies

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February 23
7:30 PM

Cantate Chamber Singers: "Lessons Learned"
St. John's Norwood Episcopal Church, Bethesda, MD
Tawes Recital Hall, University of Maryland
A diverse, fascinating program of music by compositional mentors and students: Monteverdi, Schutz; (Arnold Mendelssohn), Hindemith; Bruckner, Mahler, and more

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March 9
1:30 PM

New music for silent film: THE FIRST BORN (Miles Mander, 1928)
AFI Silver Theater

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March 14-17

Cinefest 33, Syracuse, NY

I return to Syracuse this year as one of the accompanists for this important and long-running festival of silent and early sound films

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March 23
1:30 PM

New music for silent film: A GIRL IN EVERY PORT (Howard Hawks, 1928, starring Louise Brooks)
AFI Silver Theater

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April 7
4:00 PM

New music for silent film: TRAFFIC IN SOULS (George Loane Tucker, 1913) WHERE ARE MY CHILDREN? (Lois Weber, 1916)
National Gallery of Art

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April 10
12:10 PM

National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble (pianist, composer)
National Gallery of Art
Includes "O Mistress Mine" (madrigal)

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April 14
6:30 PM

National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble (pianist, composer)
National Gallery of Art
Includes "O Mistress Mine" (madrigal)

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April 20
1:00 PM

New music for silent film: SPARROWS (William Beaudine, 1926, starring Mary Pickford)
AFI Silver Theater

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April 22-23

Guest composer and lecturer, UT Texas-Tyler

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April 27
7:30 PM

Cantate Chamber Singers: "Of Saints and Royals"
St. John's Norwood Episcopal Church, Bethesda, MD
Music of Purcell and Britten (the beginning of Cantate's year-long celebration of the centenary of Benjamin Britten's birth)

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May 17
7:30 PM

New music for silent film: SHOULDER ARMS (Charles Chaplin, 1918)
A WW I comedy featuring Chaplin as soldier, going from boot-camp private to war hero.
Library of Congress Mt. Pony Theater

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May 19
3:00 PM

New music for silent film: The Wind (Victor Seastrom, 1928)
McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum
(Jointly presented with the National Portrait Gallery)

I will present the piano version of my 2012 choral/instrumental score for this powerful drama starring Lillian Gish. The score premiered at AFI Silver Theater in summer 2012 with Cantate Chamber Singers, to critical acclaim (URL of Post review)

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June 6-8

Mostly Lost, Library of Congress symposium featuring screenings of unidentified films and public screenings of featured silents with live accompaniment
Library of Congress Packard Campus and the State Theatre, Culpeper, VA

 

June 27-30

Slapsticon 2013
This important four-day film festival returns after a years' hiatus at my alma mater, Indiana University Bloomington

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August 3
5:00 PM

New Music for Silent Film: THE FARMER'S WIFE (dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1928)
One of the "Hitchcock 9," series, a presentation of the surviving nine of Hitchcock's ten silent films in DC in July and August.
AFI Silver Theater, Silver Spring, MD

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August 4
4:30 PM

Cine-Concert: New Music for Silent Film: THE PLEASURE GARDEN (dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1925)
Another of the "Hitchcock 9," series, a presentation of the surviving nine of Hitchcock's ten silent films in DC in July and August.
National Gallery of Art East Wing Auditorium

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August 31
3:00 PM

New Music for Silent Film: WINGS (dir. William Wellman, 1927)
Starring Clara Bow and Gary Cooper, this film won the first Academy Award for Best Picture
Smithsonian American Art Museum McEvoy Auditorium

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September 8
4:30 PM

Cine-Concert: Abstract Animation Since 1970
This is going to be an amazing event: visual art, film, live and electronic music. I composed piano-percussion interludes and original scores for four films, including the premiere of Sharon Louden's COMMUNITY
National Gallery of Art East Wing Auditorium

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September 29
6:30 PM

Performance of Summer-Night Songs, with the premiere of a new accompanying silent film by Nick Ferrario
My piece "Summer-Night Songs" will be performed by Pictures on Silence. This features the premiere of a new silent film especially created by Chicago-based filmmaker Nick Ferrario to accompany the piece.
National Gallery of Art East Building Auditorium
Review: "For multimedia-friendly New Music Ensemble, anything goes, and most goes well" - The Washington Post

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October 3
4:00 PM

New music for silent film: University of Maryland Japan Speaker Series and Film Studies Program present I WAS BORN BUT... (Ozu Yasujiro, 1932)
Ulrich Recital Hall, University of Maryland College Park

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October 13
2:00 PM

New music for silent film: Library of Congress presents WINGS (William Wellman, 1927)
I reprise my piano score for this classic WW I film at Culpeper's newly-restored State Theater.
State Theater, Culpeper, VA

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November 1 & 2
NOSFERATU 7:30 PM
PHANTOM 9:45 PM

New music for silent film: Halloween double bill
Two films each night!

I will be providing new organ scores for these newly-restored 35mm prints!
NOSFERATU: A SYMPHONY OF HORROR screens at 7:30 PM Nov. 1 and 2, followed by PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at 9:45 PM both nights.
AFI Silver Theater, Silver Spring, MD

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November 17
2:00 PM

New music for silent film THE KID (dir. Charles Chaplin, 1921)
This wonderful film, one of Chaplin's best combinations of slapstick and sentiment, introduces child star Jackie Coogan in a heartbreaking performance. I'll be providing a new piano score to accompany this gem at the newly-restored State Theater in Culpeper, VA.

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November 22
8:00 PM

Cantate Chamber Singers:
Benjamin Britten's 100th Birthday Concert

On the exact 100th birthday of British composer Benjamin Britten, Cantate will present the US premiere of the composer's version of Mozart's Requiem, his marvelous Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings (featuring tenor soloist Robert Baker of Washington National Opera and hornist Laurel Ohlson of the NSO). And, the little-known Cantata Misericordium will also be presented. I'll be on piano for the Cantata and organ for the Mozart.
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 4900 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC

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November 23
7:30 PM

New music for silent film THE DUMB GIRL OF PORTICI (dir. Phillips Smalley and Lois Weber, 1916)
This film, based on Daniel Auber's 1828 grand opera, depicts amorous and political intrigues. Anna Pavlova, the celebrated ballerina, appears in this, her only feature film, as the "dumb girl" (la "muette," or "mute girl," of the title).
Library of Congress Mt. Pony Theater, Culpeper, VA
Admission is free at LOC events.

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2012

Saturday, Jan. 14
2:30 PM

New performance: Cine-Concert: Robin Hood and Alias Jimmy Valentine, new piano scores for silent film
National Gallery of Art

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Thursday, Jan. 18

The Snark Ensemble at the Cosmos Club
Music for films with Laurel and Hardy, Charley Chase, and Harry Langdon

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Saturday, Feb. 12
3:00 PM

Songs of Old CUA: A Musical Revue
Special event for Catholic University’s 125th anniversary

Co-organized with Maurice Saylor, in collaboration with the divisions of Musical Theater, Wind Ensemble, and CUA faculty and students.
Pryzbyla Center Great Room

"Trailer for Songs of Old CUA"

 

Saturday, Mar. 10
7:30 PM

Library of Congress Mt. Pony Theatre
Culpeper, VA. THE PATSY (King Vidor, 1928)

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Mar. 15-18

Cinefest 32: Musical Accompanist
I return for my second year as an accompanist for the nationally-renowned film festival in Syracuse, NY

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Saturday, Mar. 24
7:30 PM

Library of Congress Mt. Pony Theatre
Culpeper, VA. WOMANHANDLED (Gregory La Cava, 1925)

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Thursday, Mar. 29

Premiere of Enhanced multimedia version of
Summer-Night Songs

Pictures on Silence, Stella Adler Studio, New York, NY

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Saturday, Mar. 31
7:30 PM

Cantate Chamber Singers: Great Minds
St. John's Norwood Episcopal Church, Bethesda, MD. Cantate Chamber Singers presents "GREAT MINDS," music by Friedrich Nietzsche (yes, the philosopher!), Dallapiccola, Holst, Gavin Bryars, Eric Whitacre, and the winner of the Cantate Young Composers Competition. I am performing a Nietzsche piano work and conducting Eric Whitacre's Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine.

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Thursday-Sunday,
April 10-14

Orphans 8 Film Symposium
Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, NY

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Saturday, April 21
5:00 PM

AFI Silver Theatre, SUNRISE
(F.W. Murnau, 1927)

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Friday, May 11
7:00 PM

Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC.
Great Noise Ensemble presents the premiere of my Double Concerto, for violin and guitar. Andrea Vercoe, violin; Max Zuckerman, guitar; David Vickerman, conductor.

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Saturday, May 12
7:30 PM

Library of Congress Mt. Pony Theatre
MANTRAP (starring Clara Bow)
Library of Congress Mt. Pony Theatre, Culpeper, VA

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Thursday, May 24
7:30 PM

THE LOST WORLD (dir. Harry O. Hoyt, 1925)
Library of Congress Mt. Pony Theatre, Culpeper, VA

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Saturday, Jun. 9
3:00 PM

Premiere of new choral and instrumental score for The Wind (1928 film starring Lillian Gish)
This score, commissioned by the Cantate Chamber Singers (Gisele Becker, Music Director) as composer in residence, is written for Cantate’s 32-voice chorus joined by a 9-piece insrtumental ensemble, including the AFI Silver’s Allen theater organ.
Co-presented by Cantate and AFI
American Film Institute (AFI) Silver Theatre, Silver Spring, MD

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July 13-28

2012 Capital Fringe Festival
The Outcasts of Poker Flat
Chamber opera in one act

Dates:
FR 7/13 5:45PM
SA 7/14 7:45 PM
SA 7/21 8:00PM
SU 7/22 3:30PM
SA 7/28 6:00PM

Venue:
Mountain - at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church
900 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

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Sunday, August 5
4:30 PM

Cine-concert: new music for silent film
The Spanish Dancer (Herbert Brenon, 1923) followed by Shoes (Lois Weber, 1916)
National Gallery of Art East Wing Auditorium
Andrew Simpson, piano

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