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Le Moyne College Hosts an Evening with Silent Film Composer Donald Sosin

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College will host an evening with silent film composer Donald Sosin on Tuesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts. Sosin, along with wife, vocalist Joanna Seaton, will present a live original score to Harold Lloyd’s 1923 classic silent comedy, “Safety Last.”

Tickets are $15 for general public; $10 for senior citizens. Tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, call (315) 445-4523.

The event is sponsored by the film program and co-sponsored by the music program.

During the day, Sosin and his wife, Joanna Seaton, will run a workshop for area high school and Le Moyne student musicians. The working and performing seminar will focus on scoring and putting vocals to images. Students will bring their instruments and learn how to coordinate images and film with music. Le Moyne communications students will film the workshop and will edit and create a short video of the session, which will be shown at the evening event.

Donald Sosin has been enthralling audiences in the US and Europe with his silent film music for over 30 years. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia University, studying composition with William Albright and Jack Beeson. Sosin was the resident film accompanist at the Museum of Modern Art in the late 70s, and returns there frequently as a guest pianist.

Sosin has composed music for screenings of women’s films at the Museum of the Moving Image and Chinese films at the Guggenheim Museum. In 2008 he was commissioned by MoMA and Anthology Film Archives to write an orchestral score for “Manhatta,” the first American avant-garde film, by Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand. In 2001 he was commissioned by the Westchester Film Festival to score the earliest existing American feature film, “Richard III,”, for chamber ensemble and voice. At the Whitney Museum he premiered his score for “Salome” as part of the Unseen Cinema series, for which he also recorded 90 minutes of music for this unique series of programs of avant-garde cinema currently touring museums around the world. Sosin has lectured on silent film music at the Aspen Institute of Humanities.

For more information on the event, call (315) 445-4523.

posted on: 4/6/2011