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Sat. June 10: “Golden Age of Silent Comedy” with Live Orchestra

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Charles Chaplin


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Famous Players Orchestra
presents:

The Gold­en Age of Silent Com­e­dy”
Sat­ur­day, June 10th, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Join us Sat­ur­day, June 10th, 2017 as we present “The Gold­en Age of Silent Com­e­dy”, a screen­ing of four clas­sic come­dies from the silent era.


To start the evening off, Mr. Stan Taffel and Mr. Scott Lasky will take you through the process of how the orches­tra is used to make the films on the screen come alive musi­cal­ly.

For the first time ever there will be sound effects to go with the films. Mr. Gary Gib­son is the sound effects man.


Included on the program will be:

Why Pick on Me? (1918) star­ring Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels and Snub Pol­lard
Pay Day (1922) star­ring Charles Chap­lin
A Pair of Tights (1929) star­ring Mar­i­on Byron, Ani­ta Garvin and Edgar Kennedy
The Show (1922) star­ring Lar­ry Semon and Oliv­er Hardy

The films will be accom­pa­nied by a peri­od musi­cal score per­formed live by The Famous Play­ers Orches­tra under the direc­tion of Scott Lasky. Mr.  Lasky has cre­at­ed orig­i­nal scores using peri­od music. He has spent many, many days research­ing and compiling/creating peri­od scores for each of the four films to be screened.

Your Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies will be film his­to­ri­an Mr. Stan Taffel.

Joe Rin­au­do will project 35mm film on an orig­i­nal hand-cranked Power’s 1909 Cam­er­a­gragh Mod­el 6 Motion Pic­ture Machine, assist­ed by Mr. Gary Gib­son

Mr. Shane Glan­der will be pro­vid­ing the screen. Mr. Gary Lach­er will be on hand to video doc­u­ment the evening.


Show­time is 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:45pm. Pro­gram will include a 30 minute inter­mis­sion and raf­fle with prizes. Con­ces­sions will be avail­able.

Admis­sion is $15 (sug­gest­ed dona­tion). Tick­ets may be pur­chased at the door begin­ning approx­i­mate­ly one hour before show­time, or in advance online here:

Order Tickets Here

The venue is: Christ Luther­an Church, 2400 West Bur­bank Blvd, Bur­bank, CA 91505. It is locat­ed on the south­east cor­ner of Bur­bank Blvd and Bue­na Vista St, direct­ly behind the Dunn Edwards paint store, and right in the heart of beau­ti­ful down­town Bur­bank.

Thank you to every­one for attend­ing our past shows and for your con­tin­ued sup­port! It is so great­ly appre­ci­at­ed!


ABOUT FAMOUS PLAYERS ORCHESTRA

In the final decades of the silent film era (1910 -1929), a new and orig­i­nal art form was bur­geon­ing. Dur­ing this peri­od, a vast and beau­ti­ful reper­toire of film music was being cre­at­ed by gift­ed com­posers who saw a great future in the new medi­um. Movie the­aters of the day com­mon­ly uti­lized orches­tras to pro­vide film accom­pa­ni­ment for their pre­mi­um show­ings. These the­aters typ­i­cal­ly housed mas­sive libraries of this music, (known at the time as “pho­to­play” music) for use as film accom­pa­ni­ment. How­ev­er, the advent of “talkies” in 1929, pre­ced­ed by the Movi­etone and Vita­phone sys­tems, would even­tu­al­ly bring the demise of live film accom­pa­ni­ment. Thus, as movie the­aters con­vert­ed over to sound, these music libraries became obso­lete almost overnight and most of the music was dis­card­ed in the process. And since pho­to­play music was rarely record­ed, and the com­posers most­ly unknown, this impor­tant chap­ter in cin­e­ma his­to­ry was swept away into obscu­ri­ty and has remained prac­ti­cal­ly for­got­ten.

Famous Play­ers Orches­tra is a 501©3 non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion whose char­i­ta­ble mis­sion is ded­i­cat­ed to reviv­ing and pre­serv­ing this charm­ing and long for­got­ten music through live per­for­mances and new record­ing projects. For its reper­toire, Famous Play­ers Orches­tra draws upon the orig­i­nal orches­tra­tions used by silent era movie the­ater orches­tras in its live pre­sen­ta­tions and record­ings. The ensem­ble is com­prised of pro­fes­sion­al musi­cians based in the Los Ange­les area.

Your sup­port is appre­ci­at­ed! Your gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tions help us to con­tin­ue our work in reviv­ing and pre­serv­ing this musi­cal trea­sure from cinema’s past. Dona­tions are eas­i­ly accept­ed using pay­pal. Thank you!

Vis­it the FAMOUS PLAYERS ORCHESTRA Web­site

Sat. June 10: “Golden Age of Silent Comedy” with Live Orchestra

Charles Chaplin

Famous Play­ers Orches­tra
presents:
The Gold­en Age of Silent Com­e­dy”
Sat­ur­day, June 10th, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Join us Sat­ur­day, June 10th, 2017 as we present “The Gold­en Age of Silent Com­e­dy”, a screen­ing of four clas­sic come­dies from the silent era. Includ­ed on the pro­gram will be:

Why Pick on Me? (1918) star­ring Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels and Snub Pol­lard
Pay Day (1922) star­ring Charles Chap­lin
A Pair of Tights (1929) star­ring Mar­i­on Byron, Ani­ta Garvin and Edgar Kennedy
The Show (1922) star­ring Lar­ry Semon and Oliv­er Hardy

The films will be accom­pa­nied by a peri­od musi­cal score per­formed live by The Famous Play­ers Orches­tra under the direc­tion of Scott Lasky. Joe Rin­au­do will project 35mm film on an orig­i­nal hand-cranked Power’s 1909 Cam­er­a­gragh Mod­el 6 Motion Pic­ture Machine. Your Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies will be film his­to­ri­an Stan Taffel.

Show­time is 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:45pm. Pro­gram will include a 30 minute inter­mis­sion and raf­fle with prizes. Con­ces­sions will be avail­able.

Admis­sion is $15. Tick­ets may be pur­chased at the door begin­ning approx­i­mate­ly one hour before show­time, or in advance online here:

Order Tickets Here

The venue is: Christ Luther­an Church, 2400 West Bur­bank Blvd, Bur­bank, CA 91505. It is locat­ed on the south­east cor­ner of Bur­bank Blvd and Bue­na Vista St, direct­ly behind the Dunn Edwards paint store, and right in the heart of beau­ti­ful down­town Bur­bank.

Thank you to every­one for attend­ing our past shows and for your con­tin­ued sup­port! It is so great­ly appre­ci­at­ed!

Here is a video high­light from our March 11th, 2017 show,
Steam­boat Bill Jr (1928) Final Scene — Live Orches­tra:

Here is How You Can Sup­port Our New CD Record­ing Project:

Our New CD, “Music of the Silent Cin­e­ma” is slat­ed for release in Novem­ber 2017.

We need your sup­port to make this won­der­ful record­ing project pos­si­ble! All orders post­marked before Octo­ber 31st, 2017 will receive free ship­ping and the CD auto­graphed by FPO’s Musi­cal Direc­tor Scott Lasky. Your pre-order dona­tion of $25 will go a long way toward help­ing us cov­er our pro­duc­tion costs. Please spec­i­fy “CD” when donat­ing through the Pay­Pal link below. Thank you!


Famous Play­ers Orches­tra per­forms and records the orig­i­nal his­toric film music used by movie the­ater orches­tras dur­ing the silent film era.
All pro­ceeds to ben­e­fit Famous Play­ers Orches­tra, a 501©3 non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion. Please vis­it our web­site at www.fporchestra.org Thank you for your sup­port!
YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED!Please con­sid­er mak­ing a dona­tion to Famous Play­ers Orches­tra. Gifts in any amount are great­ly appre­ci­at­ed! Your gen­er­ous sup­port will help us to con­tin­ue our work in reviv­ing and pre­serv­ing this musi­cal trea­sure from cinema’s past. Every dol­lar we receive is uti­lized in the most effi­cient man­ner pos­si­ble toward achiev­ing our mis­sion. Famous Play­ers Orches­tra is a 501©3 non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion and your con­tri­bu­tions are tax-deductable.
Donat­ing through Pay­Pal is quick and easy!
Donate Button with Credit Cards

 

 

ABOUT FAMOUS PLAYERS ORCHESTRA

In the final decades of the silent film era (1910 -1929), a new and orig­i­nal art form was bur­geon­ing. Dur­ing this peri­od, a vast and beau­ti­ful reper­toire of film music was being cre­at­ed by gift­ed com­posers who saw a great future in the new medi­um. Movie the­aters of the day com­mon­ly uti­lized orches­tras to pro­vide film accom­pa­ni­ment for their pre­mi­um show­ings. These the­aters typ­i­cal­ly housed mas­sive libraries of this music, (known at the time as “pho­to­play” music) for use as film accom­pa­ni­ment. How­ev­er, the advent of “talkies” in 1929, pre­ced­ed by the Movi­etone and Vita­phone sys­tems, would even­tu­al­ly bring the demise of live film accom­pa­ni­ment. Thus, as movie the­aters con­vert­ed over to sound, these music libraries became obso­lete almost overnight and most of the music was dis­card­ed in the process. And since pho­to­play music was rarely record­ed, and the com­posers most­ly unknown, this impor­tant chap­ter in cin­e­ma his­to­ry was swept away into obscu­ri­ty and has remained prac­ti­cal­ly for­got­ten.

Famous Play­ers Orches­tra is a 501©3 non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion whose char­i­ta­ble mis­sion is ded­i­cat­ed to reviv­ing and pre­serv­ing this charm­ing and long for­got­ten music through live per­for­mances and new record­ing projects. For its reper­toire, Famous Play­ers Orches­tra draws upon the orig­i­nal orches­tra­tions used by silent era movie the­ater orches­tras in its live pre­sen­ta­tions and record­ings. The ensem­ble is com­prised of pro­fes­sion­al musi­cians based in the Los Ange­les area.

Your sup­port is appre­ci­at­ed! Your gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tions help us to con­tin­ue our work in reviv­ing and pre­serv­ing this musi­cal trea­sure from cinema’s past. Dona­tions are eas­i­ly accept­ed using pay­pal. Thank you!

Vis­it the FAMOUS PLAYERS ORCHESTRA Web­site

Call Wed. Jan 11 for Nethercutt Tickets

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For tick­ets to the Feb­ru­ary Nether­cutt Show you must

CALL WED. JAN. 11
4 – 6 PM*
818 – 364-6464

*The best chance of obtain­ing tick­ets is to call start­ing at 4pm. You will prob­a­bly get a busy sig­nal. Just keep call­ing, then fol­low prompts. This is for the fol­low­ing event only:

Nether­cutt Valen­tines Silent Come­dies Show
Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 10, 2017 at 8 PM
Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 11, 2017 at 2 PM & 8PM
Nether­cutt Muse­um
Syl­mar, Cal­i­for­nia

☏  FOLLOW CALLING INSTRUCTIONS HERE  ☏

Admis­sion is free, but tick­ets must be obtained in advance, only on Wednes­day, Jan­u­ary 11, 2017.
Address and oth­er infor­ma­tion is also at the link above.


For more enter­tain­ment and enlight­en­ment, join us in March, June and Novem­ber for

An EDWARDIAN EVENING of ENTERTAINMENT

Edwardian Evening of Entertainment

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Vis­it Mr. Wilkes’ web­site here.

Early to Bed Tent (Laurel & Hardy) Dec. 10, 2016 — Farewell Show

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Sad­ly, this will be the final meet­ing of the Ear­ly To Bed Tent as the orga­niz­ers John and Janet Duff are plan­ning on mov­ing from the area. So let’s send them off with a BANG (and lots of oth­er sound effects)!


Early to Bed TentThe final meet­ing of the year, and FOREVER, for the Ear­ly To Bed Tent (Oasis #239) will take place on Sat­ur­day evening, Decem­ber 10th.

This spe­cial gath­er­ing is our 14th and last annu­al “Silent Night” pre­sent­ing rarely seen silent short come­dies.  For obvi­ous rea­sons Lau­rel & Hardy will dom­i­nate the evening’s film pro­gram but there will be oth­er silent come­di­ans rep­re­sent­ed as well.

The show will take place at the Ear­ly To Bed tent of the Lau­rel & Hardy fan club “Sons Of The Desert”  in Tem­ple City, Cal­i­for­nia.

Joe Rin­au­do will be pro­ject­ing these mem­o­rable films on his clas­sic hand-crank 1909 Pow­ers Mod­el 6 Cam­er­a­graph.

The great Dean Mora will be pro­vid­ing musi­cal accom­pa­ni­ment to the silent movies.

Loca­tion:
West­min­ster Pres­by­ter­ian Church
9642 East Live Oak Avenue
Tem­ple City, Cal­i­for­nia

Time:
Doors open at 5:15 PM for social­iz­ing
Show begins at 6:00 PM, ends around 10:00 PM
There will be snacks and drinks avail­able for pur­chase.

Dona­tion:
$6 Adults
$3 Chil­dren
$4.50 Senior Cit­i­zen

Direc­tions and more about this event.

For more infor­ma­tion about the
Sons of the Desert
Ear­ly to Bed Tent
Oasis #239:
www.earlytobedtent.com

Stylized Laurel & Hardy Poster

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99 Laurel & Hardy

This poster, hon­or­ing the great­est com­e­dy duo of all time, was cre­at­ed by design­er and typog­ra­ph­er Chaz DeS­i­mone, who also cre­ates the titles for Joe Rinaudo’s film restora­tions. (He also designed the Silent Cin­e­ma Soci­ety logo and web­site.) Chaz takes great plea­sure and hon­or in design­ing for Joe, his best friend of over 50 years. He made sure this poster was extra-spe­cial, to the extent of con­sult­ing Joe about the exact hats Stan and Ollie wore.

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Download your free Laurel & Hardy poster here

The 11x17-inch high-res­o­lu­tion pdf is of gallery print qual­i­ty and suit­able for fram­ing. Vis­it this page and click on the large poster image to down­load the hi-rez pdf.

Lau­rel & Hardy” is the lat­est in Chaz DeSimone’s month­ly series called Amper­Art. Each piece fea­tures “the amper­sand as fun & fab­u­lous art.”

If you are a writer, edi­tor, design­er, pub­lish­er, artist — or if you just like the quirky design of the amper­sand, of which there are lots & lots of vari­a­tions — you will sure­ly enjoy AmperArt.com. Be sure to sub­scribe for your free month­ly amper­sand poster, suit­able for fram­ing.

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