There is no Andrew Lloyd Webber in sight, as the Vancouver Bach Choir presents a screening of the classic 1925 film Phantom of the Opera. Set to Canadian composer Andrew Downing’s score, this multimedia event is sure to please music and film fans alike. Here are five reasons we think you should go:
1. Downing’s composition adds a new layer of depth and emotion to the experience of Rupert Julian’s iconic motion picture.
2. The Vancouver Bach Choir’s more than 100 voices together sing the lyrics of Downing’s Phantom of the Opera, which are taken from the film’s text.
3. The accompanying chamber ensemble was curated especially for this occasion, and consists of an unusual combination of instruments including clarinet, piano, and double bass – played by the composer himself.
4. Rupert Julian’s film masterpiece is considered to be one of the best horror movies ever created; its success prompted the studio to finance a legendary string of monster features including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, and The Mummy.
5. Lon Chaney’s performance as the Phantom remains harrowing, despite nearly a century passing since its first haunting screening. At the time the famous unmasking scene was said to have made patrons faint and scream.
Downing’s Phantom of the Opera plays the Orpheum (884 Granville St, Vancouver) on February 20. Visit http://vancouverbachchoir.com for tickets and information.