Oakland Symphony to perform Chaplin’s “City Lights” score at San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Posted on: February 17, 2022

“For its first live event in more than two years, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival is reintroducing itself loud and proud,” writes G. Allen Johnson in Wednesday’s (2/16) San Francisco Chronicle. “On Saturday, Feb. 19, the 27-year-old festival marks its return with a 35mm screening of Charlie Chaplin’s ‘City Lights’ at the 3,040-seat Paramount Theatre in Oakland, featuring the Oakland Symphony Orchestra performing Chaplin’s original score. Timothy Brock, who restored Chaplin’s score, will conduct…. The Castro Theatre is still the festival’s home base—the event is set to make its official return to the venue May 5-11…. Brock … is considered the leading authority on Chaplin’s music and was selected by the Chaplin family to restore all 12 published film scores composed by Chaplin, including ‘City Lights.’ … ‘Chaplin was a very natural composer,’ Brock said…. ‘Both of his parents were professional musicians, and he was onstage since he was 5. Music was such a large part of what he did as a pantomime artist, and his music really reflects that….’ He not only has restored Chaplin’s scores but also has composed nearly 30 original scores for silent films.” Brock will conduct the Oakland Symphony at the screening.