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(Un)Silent Film Night: The Fog of War with Live Orchestra

(Un)Silent Film Night: The Fog of War with Live Orchestra

Tishman Auditorium - U100 University Center - 63 Fifth Avenue
General Public 

The College of Performing Arts in partnership with the Philip Glass Institute presents the first-ever live performance/screening of The Fog of War by Errol Morris with music by Philip Glass performed by the Theater Orchestra.

Under the direction of Michael Riesman, Music Director of the Philip Glass Ensemble, the Theater Orchestra, composed of students from Mannes School of Music and the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, will perform Philip Glass's original score to The Fog of War.

Described as “Brilliant! A wrenching and provocative work” by Newsweek, The Fog of War is an Oscar-winning documentary film by Errol Morris about the life and times of former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara illustrating his observations of the nature of modern warfare. The title derives from the military concept of the "fog of war" depicting the difficulty of making decisions in the midst of conflict.

(Un)Silent Film Night events celebrate the breaking down of barriers between art forms to create an evening of artistic excellence and entertainment. Previous editions of (Un)Silent Film Night have drawn capacity crowds to the 400-seat Tishman Auditorium and have featured screenings of Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Jr. with the NYC premiere of a score by Craig Marks; Charlie Chaplin’s The Immigrant with a world premiere of a score by Alexis Cuadrado, Chaplin’s original score for the films, Gold Rush and City Lights, Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, with a world premiere of a score by Nathan Kamal, and Harold Lloyd’s films Speedy and Safety Last!, with their beloved Carl Davis scores. The event has previously been hosted by Matthew Broderick, Bill Irwin, Rob Bartlett and Ed Rothstein.

Additional Details

This event is part of the Festival of New.
To anchor a year of Centennial celebrations, we are opening the university doors with a weeklong festival of performances, talks, and exhibitions.
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