Dallas Chamber Symphony to open season on Oct. 18, with world-premiere performance and screening of F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise (1927), featuring a new score by Joe Kraemer, a free simulcast at Klyde Warren Park, & collaboration with VideoFest 29.
This event is presented with thanks for the generous support provided by the Jean Baptiste (Tad) Adoue III Fund of The Dallas Foundation.
Dallas, TX – The Dallas Chamber Symphony will premiere a new score by Los Angeles based film composer, Joe Kraemer, live to a screening of F.W. Murnau’s acclaimed silent film Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927), at Dallas City Performance Hall. Presented as part of the orchestra’s UnSilent Film Series, this romantic drama, released at the very end of the silent era, is widely regarded as one of the best and most important films ever made. This year’s film event will be extended to Klyde Warren Park, where guests can enjoy a free simulcast on the park’s lawn, thanks in part to financial support provided by the Jean Baptiste (Tad) Adoue III Fund of The Dallas Foundation.
“We are so excited to be celebrating the start of our fifth season with Joe Kraemer, who has written a powerful new score for Sunrise,” says Richard McKay, conductor and artistic director of the Dallas Chamber Symphony. “It is especially rewarding to be sharing this performance with so many new concertgoers, both in the concert hall, and outside at Klyde Warren Park, through our first-ever simulcast, thanks to The Dallas Foundation.”
Selected for preservation in the National Film Registry of the United States Library of Congress (for films that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”), Sunrise was notable for including a synchronized track of sound effects set to picture. The film’s star, Janet Gaynor, won the first Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance, and the film itself won the Academy Award for Unique and Artistic Picture at the 1st Academy Awards in 1929. The film’s German director, F.W. Murnau, is also known for his 1922 film Nosferatu, an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
The season opener marks the third time in as many years that the DCS has opened its season alongside VideoFest, and the first time it has been awarded a grant from The Dallas Foundation.
“We are thrilled that our grant from the Adoue Fund to Dallas Chamber Symphony will expand access to the performance and screening of Sunrise, including to audiences who might not otherwise be able to experience the creativity of a new score set to such an important silent film,” said Dallas Foundation President and CEO Mary Jalonick.
Thanks to The Dallas Foundation’s support, new and experienced concertgoers, VideoFest Dallas supporters, the general public, underserved youth and their families (from area schools, and programs such as Boys and Girls Clubs of Dallas), and guests from The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center will benefit directly from the program’s preparation and innovative presentation. Liaisons with all beneficiaries are in place to ensure their participation. Moreover, the project supports new repertoire which may be salient to the continued consumption of classical music by future audiences.
Joe Kraemer will attend the premiere, and be available at public social gatherings before and after the event, where patrons can learn more about the project and premiere.
About film composer Joe Kraemer
Joe Kraemer attended the renowned Berklee School of Music in Boston to study Film Composition. His first real ‘industry’ gig was scoring the NBC/Warner Brothers pilot THE UNDERWORLD, written and produced by Christopher McQuarrie, shortly following McQuarrie’s Oscar win for THE USUAL SUSPECTS.
Kraemer and McQuarrie also teamed up for their first career-defining film, THE WAY OF THE GUN (McQuarrie’s debut as a feature film director) in 2000. Kraemer has since provided scores for McQuarrie’s, JACK REACHER, and their 2015’s box office smash MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE NATION.
Kraemer has written music for over 100 films, TV movies, episodic television, and film shorts – some 40 films just for The Hallmark Channel/Larry Levinson Productions alone! Strong melodic writing and superb dramatic sensibilities have kept him at the forefront of their rotation. Highlights include his scores for John Putch’s THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE and A TIME TO REMEMBER, the MYSTERY WOMAN series of ten films, and westerns such as HARD GROUND, LONE RIDER and THE TRAIL TO HOPE ROSE. He has also written the music for THE HITCHER II and JOYRIDE 2 for director Louis Morneau, and six films with writer-producer Mark Altman, including HOUSE OF THE DEAD 2, THE THIRST and ALL SOULS DAY.
Tickets and Event Listing
The performance will be held on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 at Dallas City Performance Hall (2520 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201) at 8:00 p.m. Individual tickets are available for $19-$49 each, $15 for students, and seniors save 25%. Discounted subscription packages are available online, or by phone at (214) 449-1294. Walk-up tickets available in the lobby.
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