The Vancouver Symphony’s Chamber Music Series returns with the opening performance of the “Back to the Movies” concert series at the Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver, at 7 p.m. Nov. 17. The performance features Lon Chaney in the 1923 American drama film “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” accompanied by live music as it would be heard in the silent film theaters of the 1920s. Tickets are available at kigginstheatre.com/movie/vso-presents-the-hunchback-of-notre-dame. Adults are $25 and students are $10.
Chaney’s portrayal of Victor Hugo’s tragic bellringer set a new standard for lavish Hollywood spectacles. The re-creation of medieval Paris, along with Chaney’s layered interpretation of the outcast and enormous sets and scenes of vast crowds made this film a huge success. The musical score borrows elements from the road show score, the 1923 cue sheet score and the cue sheet for a 1927 revival release.
The music score for the film is compiled by pianist/arranger Rodnery Sauer and will be performed by Vancouver Symphony Orchestra musicians Stephen Shepherd, violin; Dieter Ratzlaf, cello; Steve Bass, clarinet; and Bruce Dunn, trumpet. Find out more at vancouversymphony.org or call 360-735-7278.