The Art of Silent Film Accompaniment
Monday, April 16th | First Christian Church, Portland | 12:00pm (bring your lunch!)
$5 suggested donation | FREE with valid student ID
**This masterclass is open to the public! **
Want to learn more about improvisation? Educate yourself with OTO’s public masterclass series on the art of silent film accompaniment. Way before today’s mega-budget films with Howard Shore and John Williams scores, silent films were accompanied live, with a pianist or organist creating the score on the fly. The accompanist’s charge was to engage the film’s story and visual atmosphere in real time, and no two nights ever sounded alike.
Pianist and insanely talented improviser Douglas Schneider will challenge students to create on-the-spot accompaniments to select scenes from “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” helping them hone their skills right in front of the audience!
Douglas Schneider “swashed as many buckles at the keyboard as the film’s star, Douglas Fairbanks, did on screen.” -Brett Campbell, Oregon Arts Watch
WHAT: The Art of Silent Film Accompaniment, a public masterclass given by Douglas Schneider on the craft and art of improvised film accompaniment.
WHEN: Monday, April 16th, 12:00 pm (bring your lunch!)
WHERE: First Christian Church, 1314 SW Park Ave (just 2 blocks north of PSU), Portland
TICKETS: No ticket needed. $5 suggested donation at the door. FREE with student ID.