Dallas Chamber Symphony to premiere commissioned score for silent Hitchcock thriller

Posted on: October 6, 2014

The Dallas Chamber Symphony and the Video Association of Dallas will co-present the opening night of Dallas VideoFest 27, an October 8 event at Dallas City Performance Hall featuring Alfred Hitchcock’s first silent thriller, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog. The 1927 film about the hunt for a serial killer in London, shot in black in white but selectively tinted, will be screened to live accompaniment by the chamber symphony, with Artistic Director Richard McKay conducting a newly commissioned original score by Los Angeles film composer Douglas Pipes. Now beginning its third season, the DCS has made a specialty of video collaborations. Since commissioning its first silent-film score—for the 1921 Harold Lloyd comedy A Sailor-Made Man, screened in November 2012—the orchestra has generated fresh scores for shorts by Lloyd, Chaplin, and Keaton, as well as Keaton’s 1924 film Sherlock Jr. Other composers who have written music for live orchestra performances accompanying screenings of The Lodger include Ashley Irwin (Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg, 2000) and Nitin Sawhney (London Symphony Orchestra, 2012).   

Posted October 6, 2014