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Henderson Symphony Orchestra Brings Charlie Chaplin Back to Henderson With a Live Screening of "The Gold Rush"
Henderson’s resident orchestra performs the musical score to Chaplin’s 1925 silent comedy as it plays on a giant movie screen

May 01, 2013



(Henderson, NV) – The Henderson Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor Taras Krysa, will present Charlie Chaplin’s 1925 silent masterpiece The Gold Rush in a digitally restored print with Chaplin’s own score performed live by the ensemble on Saturday, June 1 at 8 p.m. at the Henderson Pavilion, 200 S. Green Valley Pkwy. Tickets are $10.

Using a 35mm reel-to-reel projector, The Gold Rush print, obtained from Chaplin’s estate in Paris, will be played above the orchestra. The Henderson Symphony Orchestra will synchronize the musical score and sound effects – available only to conductors approved by the Chaplin Estate – with the moving images in a 90-minute presentation. This will be the third time that the Henderson Symphony Orchestra has been permitted to present a Chaplin film in this way.

“We’re thrilled that Chaplin will be returning to the Pavilion,” said Mayor Andy Hafen. “And we’re pleased to continue to our partnership with the award-winning Henderson Symphony Orchestra.”

Charlie Chaplin not only starred in, but also wrote, produced and directed The Gold Rush. This silent classic, which Chaplin frequently declared to be the one for which he hoped to be remembered, is a
comic fable of fate and perseverance set in the icy wastes of the Alaskan gold fields. It includes some of the actor’s most iconic scenes, such as the Little Tramp boiling and attempting to eat his oversized shoes, and dancing dinner rolls. The Oscar-nominated 1942 reissue was the first silent film that Chaplin restored, with the addition of sound, for new audiences. Besides composing the music, Chaplin edited the film slightly, took out the title cards and added a narration to the film.

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