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Forecast Music Presents Nosferatu, the classic silent horror film, with a brand new musical score by Winston-Salem based composer Eric Schwartz, on Saturday, February 18, 2012, 8 pm at The Community Arts Cafe 411 West 4th St. in downtown Winston-Salem. The score will be performed live by members of Forecast Music as the film is shown. All tickets are $10 and are available only at the door on the evening of the performance. For further information, please visit http://forecastmusic.com.
Eric Schwartz’s music for the silent film classic Nosferatu is a juxtaposition of a variety of elements: the spooky sounds of a horror film score, the edgy, sophisticated unpredictability of contemporary chamber music, and the post-modern wackiness of experimental theater. In an ode to the long-standing tradition of silent film, the score, played by five musicians with additional electronics, is performed as live accompaniment alongside screenings of the film. However, this score acts not simply as audio wallpaper, but as living, breathing, and occasionally screaming commentary on the action on screen, the silent film tradition, and the entire horror genre. Schwartz’s Nosferatu is as much a multi-media event as it is a film screening, and provides an entirely new perspective on a wonderful old film. This Nosferatu truly is "A Symphony of Horrors."
Carla Copeland Burns, flute; Suzanne Rousso, viola; Michael Burns, bassoon
John R. Beck, percussion; James Douglass, keyboard, and Eric Schwartz, composer, electronics
FORECAST MUSIC is an adventurous, not-for-profit new music group based in North Carolina's Triad (Winston-Salem/High Point/Greensboro). We are comprised of a number of some of the world's finest composers and performers, all living right here in NC. Our mission is to present new and innovative American music of varied aesthetic visions, in relaxed, alternative performance spaces as well as traditional concert venues. While primarily presenting works by living composers in all phases of their careers, Forecast Music also presents Twentieth Century classics, affording audiences an opportunity to contextualize the newer work that they hear. In these eclectic programs, many different musical perspectives are allowed to collide and complement each other as they may. Forecast Music concerts are carefully curated to highlight certain ideas, musical and otherwise, and to promote collaboration with artists in various disciplines. Each concert is concise, presenting several works in approximately an hour, allowing ample time for interaction between the audience, performers, and composers. It is our hope that by presenting numerous works of mixed aesthetic styles and trends, the audience will sample the music of the recent past, today, and the future, sparking an interest in the extraordinary music being made by living composers.