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(Un)Silent Film Night: Improv Edition!

Friday, March 16, 2018 at 7:00 pm

John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, New York, NY 10003

The New School’s College of Performing Arts welcomes the public to the 7th edition of (Un)Silent Film Night, a popular performance series in which The College of Performing Arts Theater Orchestra performs live music to classic silent films. 

In an (Un)Silent first, several short films will make up the March 16th program. For each film in this special Improv Edition, faculty members of The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music will lead the CoPA Theater Orchestra in an improvisatory performance of a live score.

Shadows Choose Their Horrors - ensemble led by Marc Ribot

Charlie Chaplin’s The Pawnshop - ensemble led by Kris Davis

Superman a.k.a. The Mad Scientist and The Mechanical Monsters - ensemble led by Reggie Workman and Andrew Cyrille

The College of Performing Arts Theater Orchestra is made up of students from Mannes School of Music and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

Previous editions of (Un)Silent Film Night have drawn capacity crowds to the 400-seat Tishman Auditorium and have been hosted by Matthew Broderick, Bill Irwin, Rob Bartlett, Ed Rothstein and Michael Bacon. The series has been critical in advancing the resurgence of film screenings with live music. Previous events in the series have presented the world premieres of works composed for The Birds and The Immigrant (by Nathan Kamal and Alexis Cuadrado respectively), an NYC premiere of a score by Hollywood composer Craig Marks for the film Sherlock, Jr., Charlie Chaplin’s original score for the film, Gold Rush, and more. 

Sponsored by the College of Performing Arts.

Event Type

Music Performances, Film and Media Screenings


General Public


Performing Arts


Mannes School of Music, College of Performing Arts, College of Performing Arts, School of Drama, School of Jazz


Music, Film, Jazz


Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served



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