Omaha Symphony performs Charlie Chaplin’s Gold Rush
January 28th, 2011
Omaha, NE – Charlie Chaplinâ€™s The Gold Rush will be screened at the Holland Saturday night, accompanied by a live orchestra.
Charlie Chaplinâ€™s The Gold Rush is the story of a gold prospector who travels through the snowy Sierra Nevada, across the Chilkoot Pass, along with hundreds of other hopefuls. Itâ€™s set during the 1896 Klondike gold rush, and is filled with faithfully recreated scenes of the horrors those early pioneers faced â€“ starvation, solitude and cold. But, as always, Chaplin adds his own comedic warmth. Memorable scenes include Chaplin cooking and eating his leather boot over the fire, relishing it like a gourmet meal, and bringing his forks and dinner rolls to life as a pair of dancing legs.
The Gold Rush was originally released as a silent movie. But in 1942, Chaplin composed an orchestral score, which will be performed Saturday night by the Omaha Symphony. Ernest Richardson is the Symphonyâ€™s resident conductor.
â€œIn places, itâ€™s a little like Tom and Jerry cartoon,â€ he said. â€œThe soundtrack moves fast and slow and fast and slow, and the orchestra has be really on its toes to figure out tempo changes.â€
Richardson said he and the orchestra have studied the 500-plus page score for the past three weeks, spending hours learning to follow the film.
â€œThe musicians have to be just tremendously in control of their music,â€ he said, â€œand able to and just stop on a dime and take sharp turns, and do all the things they need to do to coordinate with the images.â€
The Gold Rush will be screened with the Omaha Symphony Saturday, Jan. 29 at 8 pm at the Holland Performing Arts Center in downtown Omaha.
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