Larry Taylor to Accompany Silent Movie "Seven Chances"
Bridgewater College will present Buster Keaton’s silent film Seven Chances at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, in Cole Hall.
Dr. Larry Taylor, associate professor of music at Bridgewater College, will provide organ accompaniment during the showing of the film.
Taylor will mix period music from the 1920s with more modern hits, as well as classical musical. Seven Chances goes beyond the traditional romantic comedy to include special effects, sight gags and stunts.
Taylor has provided musical accompaniment for two other Keaton films, Go West! and One Week.
Taylor teaches piano, organ, music theory and history and serves as department chair. He holds a doctor of musical arts degree in organ from the University of Cincinnati (where he won the Strader Organ Competition), master of music degrees from Emory University and Notre Dame, and a bachelor of music degree from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pa. As a composer, Taylor has collaborated frequently with poet Tom Noe to produce anthems, cantatas, the song cycle Marie Curie and the opera Eros and Psyche. Eros and Psyche had its premiere performance at Bridgewater College in 2011. In addition to solo recitals on piano and organ, Larry has arranged and performed accompaniments on organ for classic silent films.
The performance – approximately an hour in length – is free and open to the public.