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Musical Movies


Sometimes a movie's music serves to subconsciously push a viewer's thoughts and emotions in one direction or another. We all know that frantic high violins mean there's probably someone like Norman Bates on the other side of the shower curtain. Our hearts beat a little faster as we anticipate the gruesome death of a virgin/cheerleader/co-ed/nerd walking alone down a dark street.

Before talkies became the next wave of cinema, the score was often performed by live musicians sitting in an orchestra pit, which gave the films a sense of immediacy and turned them into something akin to performance art--real happenings that audiences felt a part of.

On Sunday, Sept. 19, Boise Philharmonic, which is revving up for a stellar performance season, brings that live musical excitement and classic feel to the historic Egyptian Theatre with Musical Movies. Old silent films are paired with organ accompaniment and an original score performed by the talented orchestra.

Maestro Robert Franz will conduct composer/organist/silent film expert Ben Model and the Boise Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra as they play alongside silent movie stars Harold Lloyd in Grandma's Boy; Buster Kea-ton in The Scarecrow and Charley Chase in Dog Shy up on the silver screen.

You can either treat it as a typical night at the movies or take advantage of the old Hollywood feel and shrug on your (faux) fur shrug, slip on your spats, don your diamonds and make a glamorous night of it.