Calling all Beautiful Necks
In an unfamiliar land, faraway from his home, Thomas Hutter sought a mysterious man by the name of Count Orlok, much like you should. The classic expressionist horror film Nosferatu will be showing at the Macey Center in the foreign land of Socorro on Friday, Oct. 21, at 7:30pm with a live musical score composed by Christopher Smith and Roger Landes performed with spooky improvisations by Texas Tech's Elegant Savages Orchestra and Balkan Ensemble. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and $7 for youths. (Megan Reneau)
Friday Oct 21, 2016
Socorro, NM 87801
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A screening of the original film while Texas Tech's Elegant Savages Orchestra and Balkan Ensemble perform the live score.
Nosferatu is the very first vampire film and one of the earliest horror films. Produced in 1921 by the artist Albin Grau and directed by the great F.W. Murnau, the silent film was almost lost forever due to legal backlash. A copyright lawsuit launched in 1922 over similarities to the novel Dracula, resulted in all but one copy of the film being destroyed. That one surviving copy breathed life back into the film by bringing it back into the mainstream, where this cult classic has been re-adapted and enjoyed by audiences around the world for nearly a century.
About the Score
This new live score, composed by Christopher Smith and Roger Landes, experiments musically, as Murnau did when he filmed Nosferatu. As the film plays, Texas Tech's Elegant Savages Orchestra and Balkan Ensemble will engage in a series of conducted improvisations, responding in real time to cues and pre-written music. Therefore, this dynamic score is different at every screening. The result is a unique suite of interlocking compositions, juxtaposing and contrasting both ensembles, in moods ranging from lyric to horrific!