May 19 at 8:00PM at The Englert
$18 Friends of the Englert/Members of Johnson County Historical Society/FilmScene
General Admission + Fees
Featuring Red Cedar Chamber Music and Michael Zahs.
The Brinton Silent Film Project features Red Cedar Trio members – flutist Jan Boland,
guitarist John Dowdall and cellist Carey Bostian – performing live to accompany “an
exceptionally rare, perhaps unique, collection” of silent films from 1895-1910. These
films, being viewed for the first time in over 100 years, comprise “perhaps the most
significant collection of early films in the world.” Film owner and historian Michael Zahs
will also be on hand to discuss the films.
The concert features music by Harvey Sollberger, which accompanies four of the films.
Arrangements by Boland and Dowdall and music from Red Cedar Chamber Music’s
repertory complement the remaining 18 silent films, ranging in length from 10 seconds
to 10 minutes. The films include comedy, drama, special effects, foreign scenes and
magic by Georges Méliès, whose life story was featured in the film Hugo.