- Dallas Chamber Symphony presents Sherlock, Jr.
- When: Tuesday, February 25, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Dallas City Performance Hall
- Seating: balcony level or level-one areas 1–5
- Doortime: 7 p.m.
- Click here to view the seating chart.<p>
- $22 for one ticket (up to $44 value)
- $44 for two tickets (up to $88 value)<p>
Dallas Chamber Symphony Presents Sherlock, Jr.
Buster Keaton’s legendary 1924 silent comedy Sherlock, Jr. is both a grand work of ultra-physical slapstick and a remarkably complex leap forward in the special effects and formal innovation available to filmmakers. Keaton plays a lovelorn film projectionist who dozes off and manages to actually project himself into a movie and solve a mystery involving his dastardly romantic rival—an act of fantasy that has real-world consequences when finally he leaves the film within the film.
On February 25, the Dallas Chamber Symphony manages to make the whole thing even more meta. During the sequences where Keaton is “inside the film,” the audience sees a theater orchestra playing the musical accompaniment, and the symphony will double those players’ work with a new, live score as the film plays behind it. TV and film composer Craig Marks wrote the score that will accompany this screening. He’s a natural for the task of conveying not only a film’s emotion but its sound effects: his previous works have called for instruments including buzz saws and broken dishwashers.
Keaton knew plenty about timing, and he kept Sherlock, Jr. short at 45 minutes. That leaves room in the program for two other pieces. Mystical tones predominate in Distant Runes and Incantations, whereas something more familiar takes the stage in a full performance of Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals. Here too, though, something new is added: dancers who further evoke the 14 creatures of the title with their movements, from the swan to the presumably terrifying prehistoric beast known as the aquarium.
Dallas Chamber Symphony
Beyond the glowing plate glass of the Dallas City Performance Hall, the Dallas Chamber Symphony is often hard at work devising ever-more-intriguing ways to welcome people into the world of symphonic music. Its director often places the symphony's talents against the canvas of live silent-film screenings, dance performances, and other media, along with the more usual work of pairing well-known pieces with contemporary compositions. Beyond concerts, the group also reaches out to the community by sponsoring musical competitions, holding pre-concert talks, and tossing staff-paper airplanes into open windows.