Thursday, October 6, 2011

Adult Program

On Thursday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m., the Leach Library will host a silent movie performance with pianist Richard Hughes featuring three short comedy films, including Laurel and Hardy’s Habeas Corpus.

Richard Hughes is a classically trained pianist who began playing at the age of seven. For the past ten years, he has studied the silent film industry and compiled a collection of movie scores taken from authentic mood music played during the 1920s. He currently travels throughout New England sharing his knowledge of the film genre while performing hundreds of movie shows a year at a variety of venues.

In this program, Mr. Hughes will provide a glimpse into cinematic history as he discusses the silent film industry and performs a few sample musical pieces of the day. He will then present several short comedy films with their musical accompaniment, including a Buster Keaton film, a Charlie Chaplin film, and the Laurel and Hardy comedy Habeas Corpus, where the silent film stars portray grave-robbers hired by a mad scientist.

The event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the library’s lower-level meeting room. Light refreshments will be served.

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