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Join Us for an Evening of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton on Saturday, May 15!

On Saturday May 15, Orchestra New England presents a live stream of a concert we are presenting at Nelson Hall at Elim Park in Chesire. The facility cannot permit non-residents to attend, but you can join us from the comfort of your home.

Maestro James Sinclair has a special affinity for silent movies, and has presented many Silent Movie concerts over the years, most particularly during the early years of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven. Join us for a special evening with the orchestra accompanying two stellar movies, plus performing several overtures. As an added treat, O.N.E. percussionist Patrick Smith will be showcased creating the sound effects that make a silent movie come alive for the audience!

Tickets are only $15 per household: click here to purchase a ticket. The link will be sent to you on the day of the concert.

Saturday, May 15, at 7:00 PM

Charlie Chaplin - The Rink
Buster Keaton - The Playhouse



Charlie Chaplin's The Rink

Made in 1916, the film starred Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Henry Bergman and Albert Austin, and is famous for featuring Charlie Chaplin on roller skates in pursuit of the heroine. Chaplin learned his roller-skating skills while performing in vaudeville, and was noted for his ability to perform comedic falls.



Buster Keaton's The Playhouse

This 1921 film, written and directed by Buster Keaton and Edward F. Cline, stars Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, and Joe Roberts. The movie opens with Keaton playing every role in the first scene: conductor, all musicians, actors, dancers, stagehands, and every member of the audience. It turns out to be a dream, but then Keaton falls for a girl who's a twin. Unfortunately he cannot tell his girl from her sister, who is hardly a fan.

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