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Old Movies Get New Music at Present Music Movie Night

Present Music brings a new take on movie night to Milwaukee with “Sounds of silences” a presentation of three silent German expressionist films accompanied by original orchestral music.

Movie night kicks off with “The Somnambulist”, a short film based on the silent horror film “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (1920). The film was created by local classical musician and Present Music co-artistic director Eric Segnitz, who also wrote the original score.

Next comes “Nosferatu” (1922), the very influential story of a predatory vampire. The film is a classic, but the music will be original, giving new life to an old story. The new score is a collaboration between Segnitz and Milwaukee composer John Tanner.

The latest on the program is “No / Mi / Tropolis”, a fusion of the science fiction film “Metropolis” (1927) and music by German singer Klaus Nomi. The evening will also feature Dave Luhrssen, editor-in-chief of arts and entertainment for The Shepherd Express, to present and contextualize the films.

All of the music for “sounds of silents” was recorded during a live performance by Present Music at the Milwaukee Art Museum in 2016. The event will be streamed for free on Facebook Live this Wednesday, July 15 at 7:30 pm.