Youth orchestra to perform silent film musical score

Posted Jan. 07, 2013, at 9:54 a.m.

Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 7 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: The Grand, Main Street, Ellsworth, Maine

ELLSWORTH, Maine — The Eastern Maine Pop Orchestra for young musicians will perform the music for Charlie Chaplin’s silent film ‘The Gold Rush’ at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the Grand. The event will kick off the 75th anniversary celebrations of the Grand auditorium.

Charlie Chaplin’s Gold Rush came out in 1925, starring Charlie himself as a traveling tramp to Yukon to take part in the Klondike Gold Rush. The film got a raving review in the New York Times in 1925: “…Here is a comedy with streaks of poetry, pathos, tenderness, linked with brusqueness and boisterousness. It is the outstanding gem of all Chaplin’s pictures, as it has more thought and originality than even such masterpieces of mirth as The Kid and Shoulder Arms-“Mordaunt Hall.

The audience visiting the Grand this night has not only the wonderful opportunity to see this gem of a film, but also to hear the talented young musicians of TEMPO perform and original score composed by orchestra leader Rebecca Edmondson.

The youngest musician in the orchestra is only 10 years old. The musicians come from the MDI area, Ellsworth and beyond and as far away as Benedicta. The Orchestra is nonprofit and fiscally sponsored by the Town Hill Village Improvement Society.