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Orchestre de Paris plays CHARLIE CHAPLIN WITH A SMILE (+ 10.10.)


[Translate to English:] © Roy Export

film music concert

Paris - Philharmonie, Grande salle Pierre Boulez, 8:30 p.m.

Performed by the Orchestre de Paris under the baton of Frank Strobel.

Further performance: 10 October 2019 

The legend of Charles Chaplin (1889-1977) began in the slums of south-east London among noisy streets and vaudeville songs. From there onwards music was integral to his life and art: watching his parents' and other acts from the wings of music hall venues as a child and later working in such theatres himself, learning the violin and the cello, setting up the brief-lived Charlie Chaplin Music Publishing Company, and culminating decades later in his own symphonic compositions for feature films - including CITY LIGHTS and MODERN TIMES. In Switzerland, where he spent the last 25 years of his life, such was his reputation that world famous concert musicians would play at the Chaplin family home when they came to perform in the region. Most Chaplin films are "silent", but few of them - from THE KID to THE GREAT DICTATOR - could possibly be conceived without music.

With the 130th Anniversary of Chaplin's birth around the corner, THE CHAPLIN OFFICE and the EUROPEAN FILMPHILHARMONIC INSTITUTE celebrate the legacy of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Our new project WITH A SMILE: CHARLIE CHAPLIN'S WORLD IN CONCERT combines comedy and pathos, entertainment and humanism, pantomime on screen and live symphonic music in the pit. All with the indelible Chaplin mark.

This show is different from any Chaplin film concert you may have seen. It reveals Chaplin's own compositions and the music which inspired him alongside a careful selection of film sequences, both iconic and unknown, photographs and private footage from the Chaplin archives, and new music reconstructions and arrangements. It will enthral, surprise and move - with laughter and, perhaps, a tear or two.