‘The Phantom of The Opera’ silent film comes to life on Sondheim stage with organ concert
The immortal Lon Chaney will once again be stalking unsuspecting victims on the silver screen as “The Phantom of The Opera” is shown like never before at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts.
David Baskeyfield, silent film specialist and organist, will be providing the concert to the silent film.
Chaney stars in the 1925 classic horror silent motion picture. This time-honored classic is an adaptation of the well-known Gaston Leroux novel in which the deformed phantom haunts the Paris Opera House, causing murder and mayhem in a twisted effort to have the management make a star of the woman he secretly loves.
Baskeyfield will provide musical accompaniment for the film, playing the Sondheim Center’s Barhydt organ, a 21-rank, 1,800-pipe manual Möller organ.
Baskeyfield, a British concert organist currently living in Rochester, New York, is in demand for scoring and accompanying silent films. Acclaimed in the press for virtuosity, musicality, aplomb, an impressive command of registration, exquisite playing and, on improvisation, “A remarkably cogent toccata and fugue, the latter especially brilliant for its lucid subjects, episodes, imitative elaborations and fluid key shifts” his performing career has come to encompass both interpretation and improvisation.
Baskeyfield is the winner of the first prize and audience prize at the St. Albans International Organ Competition, 2011, which followed success in a number of earlier competitions. He was most recently a finalist in the improvisation competition at St Albans, 2013.
Tickets for “The Phantom of the Opera” silent movie and organ concert are general admission, $15 and are available at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Ticket Office, 472-2787 or online at www.FairfieldACC.com.
Fairfield Concert Association members receive free admission with proof of their membership.