The Philadelphia Orchestra

Chaplin City Lights

WednesdayAugust 148:00 PM

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Chaplin City Lights (complete with film)*

 

*Indicates SPAC Premiere

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Charlie Chaplin’s immortal romantic comedy City Lights gets even brighter when The Philadelphia Orchestra performs Chaplin’s score live while the complete film — considered to be among the greatest ever made — is shown on a giant screen above the stage for the final installment of the “Cinema Series @ SPAC.”

Charlie Chaplin, one of the towering icons of film history, central to the field of film as a producer, director, and actor, is instantly recognizable to people around the world for his signature character, the Tramp. In 1999, the American Film Institute placed him on its list as one of the “greatest male movie stars of all time”; it also acknowledged his film City Lights as one the “100 best American films ever made.”

Chaplin, unlike most directors in the silent film era, composed the music for City Lights: “I tried to compose elegant and romantic music to frame my comedies in contrast to the tramp character, for elegant music gave my comedies an emotional dimension. Musical arrangers rarely understood this. They wanted the music to be funny. But I would explain that I wanted no competition, I wanted the music to be a counterpoint of grace and charm, to express sentiment, without which, a work of art is incomplete.”

Pre Show Events

CDPHP Family Nights

Come to SPAC at 6 p.m. for family fun including an Instrument Petting Zoo, the Young Performers Circle featuring drumming lessons and dance classes, Workshops on the Lawn with NYCB dancers and Philadelphia Orchestra musicians, interactive exhibits, balloon animals, photo booths and FREE Stewart’s ice cream!

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