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Friday, September 25, 2009

City Lights starring Charlie Chaplin screened with live performance of original score

Victoria, BC – On October 9 at UVic Centre Farquhar Auditorium, the comedic adventures of Charlie Chaplin’s 1931 silent film, City Lights, will be shown with live orchestral accompaniment by the Victoria Symphony. The presentation also features a special introduction by actor and artist Duncan Regehr and a Chaplin Look-a-like contest.

The Victoria Symphony makes it a movie night like no other when City Lights starring Charlie Chaplin is screened with the score performed live by the Victoria Symphony. With precise synchronization to the film Conductor in Residence Giuseppe Pietraroia will conduct the original score written by Chaplin himself.

The Chaplin Look-a-Like Contest will be held between 7:30pm -7:50pm leading up to the concert looking for the best Tramp character and Chaplin impersonator. Winners will be announced at the start of the performance and prizes will be awarded at the end of the film.

City Lights will also be the official launch date of the new vsSOUNDCHECK program, which connects 15 to 29 year olds to a Victoria Symphony concert for only $12. vsSOUNDCHECK allows members to purchase tickets online during the week preceding the concert, offering great value and access to extraordinary live music. Membership is free on www.victoriasymphony.ca .

The Victoria Symphony is Vancouver Island’s largest and most active arts organization performing for more than 125,000 people each year, including 10,000 schoolchildren. Showcasing the outstanding talents of its musicians and guest artists, the Victoria Symphony’s 2009-2010 season offers a diverse and exciting line-up of over 50 concerts led by its vibrant Music Director Tania Miller.

Duncan Regehr, actor and artist, was born in Alberta and raised in Victoria, BC. He distinguished himself as an Olympic boxing contender, champion figure skater, and classical Shakespearean-trained actor. In 2000, he was granted the lifetime appellation, 'Royal Canadian Artist' with honours by the Royal Canadian Academy of Art and the Queen's Governor General for his outstanding artistic achievements and in 2008 Regehr received the honourary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria.

The Victoria Symphony wishes to acknowledge the generous support of Concert Sponsor the Bay Centre.

City Lights starring Charlie Chaplin
October 9, 2009 at 8pm
UVic Centre Farquhar Auditorium
Tickets: $26 for adults, $21 for students, $12 for vsSOUNDCHECK members
250.385.6515 or 250.721.8480
www.victoriasymphony.ca.

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