Something Old, Something New
at LACO Annual Silent Film Gala
by Anne French
Two Charlie Chaplin comedy classics from 1918, A Dog’s Life and Shoulder Arms, will be showcased at the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's 22nd annual Silent Film Gala this Sunday, May 22nd at 6:30 p.m. in Royce Hall. A special third treat is also in store with the presentation of Walt Disney's short, Trolley Troubles (1927), which features original photoplay music composed by Alexander Rannie specifically for the short. Sunday's Gala marks the world premiere performance of this score, which calls for violin (Margaret Batjer), clarinet (Joshua Ranz), percussion (Wade Culbreath), with the composer himself leading from piano.
As a pianist, organist and harpist, Rannie has performed throughout California, has appeared on numerous albums and film soundtracks, and has appeared live alongside such inimitable talents as Angela Lansbury, Carol Channing, Shirley Jones, Lorna Luft, Clay Aiken and Glee pianist, Brad Ellis.
Rannie's original score for Tol'able David (1921) will receive its world premiere this June as part of the Motion Picture Academy's "Summer of Silents." His many other compositions include several chamber and vocal works.
For ticket info, visit http://www.laco.org
Photo by JayPG Photography used by permission.