Kick off our annual Avalon Silent Film Showcase weekend in the museum's Ackerman Family Amphitheater on Friday, May 13th!
Woodwinds (flutes, clarinets, oboes and bassoons) and saxophones have been a mainstay of film soundtracks since their beginning, whether using a live orchestra or recordings. Jay Mason, one of the Los Angeles area’s busiest saxophone and woodwind “doublers”, will discuss their use in motion pictures by performing a few examples, playing some example recordings, and discussing the process of recording soundtracks and how that craft has changed through the history of motion pictures. ( Jay will also be one of the accompanists for our feature event in the Avalon Casino Theatre on Saturday, May 14th at 1 pm.)
Following the woodwinds presentation, silent film historian and author John Bengtson will introduce and give a brief talk about Buster Keaton's 1924 comedy film Sherlock Jr. followed immediately by a screening of Sherlock Jr. with live improvised accompaniment by renown pianist and composer Michael Mortilla.
The evening also includes light appetizers (included with your ticket). A specialty cocktail, wine, beer and other refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the evening.
Doors open at 6:30 pm and the presentation begins at 7:15 pm followed by the film at 8 pm.
Tickets: Members $20, Non-Members $25, Children (ages 3-15) $5
Join us Saturday, May 14 in the Avalon Casino Theatre as well. Click here for tickets and info.