The Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by Grant Gershon, will present the world premiere of Emmy Award-winning composer Jeff Beal’s new score for F.W. Murnau’s silent film “Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans,” at 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 26, at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
“Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans,” starring George O’Brien, Janet Gaynor and Margaret Livingstone, won the Unique and Artistic Picture award at the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929, along with Best Cinematography and Best Actress in a Leading Role.
For many of the film’s admirers, the only flaw has been its soundtrack. Although one of the first-ever films with a synchronized musical score and sound effects, the music was drawn from various sources and not created for the picture.
For this presentation, Beal has created a new score for choir and chamber orchestra, bringing a human touch to the monochrome melodrama.
“The opportunity to work with the superb Los Angeles Master Chorale to reimagine ‘Sunrise’ with a new score is a particularly special experience,” Beal said. “The human voice is an extremely powerful and nimble instrument that brings an evocative sense of depth to the drama that unfolds in this timeless film.”
Soprano Holly Sedillos and tenor Dermot Kiernan will join the Master Chorale for the performance. Prior to the performance, there will be a Listen Up! pre-concert conversation with Beal, Gershon and Classical KUSC Radio Host Alan Chapman at 6 p.m.
“Composer Jeff Beal breathes new life into Sunrise, and illuminates its timeless story of temptation, forgiveness and redemption with his powerful new score that masterfully unites the worlds of choral music and film scoring,” said Jean Davidson, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. “The beauty of this project is that it appeals to all. First-timers and aficionados alike are in for a unique experience.”
Tickets are $29.
The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 S. Grand Ave. For information or tickets, call (213)972-7282, or visit lamasterchorale.org.
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