Daron Hagen continues his love affair with the filmic genius of Charlie Chaplin by penning a completely new instrumental score to Chaplin's 1931 silent classic City Lights. (Hagen has previously created new scores to The Tramp and A Dog's Life: both scores were debuted at the Wintergreen Festival.) City Lights was written, produced, directed by, and starred Charlie Chaplin and followed the misadventures of Chaplin's Tramp as he falls in love with a blind girl and develops a turbulent relationship with a troubled millionaire.
The 90-minute score draws together and further develops musical ideas that Hagen arrayed in the previous films (a piano concerto in The Tramp and a concert suite in A Dogs Life) followed by an intermission and then the 90-minute complete City Lights feature. The result is an evening-long full triple feature.
Scored for winds, strings, percussion, and piano, the work will be performed live to film by what has become affectionately known as the "Tramp Orchestra," an ensemble comprised of Wintergreen Festival teaching artists and orchestral players, conducted by festival artistic director Erin Freeman.
The film will be preceded by an "Exquisite Corpse" screening of Buster Keeton's classic short The Boat scored by Daron Hagen and Gilda Lyons' music academy composition students, also performed live to film by The Tramp Orchestra, conducted by maestra Freeman.
Popcorn and candy will be available, and the films projected in the gracious Dunlop Pavilioon atop Wintergreen Mountain, with beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains visible as the movie is shown and the sun sets.