Richard McKay Launches DCS Silent Film Concert Series

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By Teresa Frosini of CBS 11 News.

For the past year, Dallas Chamber Symphony has been planning new and different concerts to bring to Dallas audiences, including a film score concert series which premieres Tuesday night at the Dallas City Performance Hall. The Symphony will perform a score to Harold Lloyd’s 1921 silent film ‘A Sailor-Made Man.

The Dallas Chamber Symphony launched in September. The Symphony, led by Artistic Director and Conductor Richard McKay, is comprised of nearly 40 of the finest musicians in the Metroplex. For the past year they have been planning new and different concerts to bring to Dallas audiences, including film score concert series which premieres Tuesday night at the Dallas City Performance Hall.

“A chamber symphony is a very unique ensemble, it’s not like a 75 piece orchestra. It’s a beast unto itself and because each instrument is exposed. Everything that you write is heard and resonates in that hall and so it’s a lot more delicate, I guess a surgical type of composition,” says composer Brian Satterwhite.

The Symphony will perform a score to Harold Lloyd’s 1921 silent film ‘A Sailor-Made Man.’ Conductor and Artistic Director Richard McKay shared why he chose silent movies.

“Chamber orchestras in other parts of the country like New York and Los Angeles are doing these but in Dallas we didn’t see anyone taking these silent movies which are public domain and easy to license and are commissioning these new scores for these works.”

The event will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at City Performance Hall and conducted by Richard McKay.  It will begin at 6:30 with an informal pre-concert conversation with Guest-Film-Composer, Brian Satterwhite.  The concert will begin at 7:30pm.

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