posted October 12, 2009

Blue Dahlia to Present Live Soundtrack for “Nosferatu”

Hope College's Knickerbocker Theatre will feature Blue Dahlia and its performance to the 1922 classic silent film "Nosferatu" on Friday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m.

The landmark vampire film Nosferatu is taken directly from Bram Stoker's "Dracula," but with all different names because the film company could not obtain the rights. Stoker's widow eventually went to court, demanding in vain that the film be suppressed and destroyed.

Directed by F.W. Murnau, the film stars Max Schreck as the vampire.

In 1999, Blue Dahlia began a decade of visual arts collaboration when the group received its first commission from the Sound of Silent Film Festival.  Blue Dahlia's work with vintage film eschews the traditional and melodramatic for a modern approach to film scoring, as found in today's independent and major film releases. Using a broad range of instrumentation and style, Blue Dahlia has developed an extensive repertoire of silent film scores for live performance. Varying in emotional tenor from slapstick romantic comedies to drama and horror, these intricately orchestrated works are forging connections with great films, music, and generations of audiences everywhere.

Blue Dahlia has been described by the "Detroit Free Press" as "more adventurous than anyone else dares to be."

Tickets are $8 for regular admission and $6 for students and senior citizens, and can be purchased at the door or in advance at the ticket office in the front lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse. The ticket office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.

The DeVos Fieldhouse is located at 222 Fairbanks Ave., between Ninth and 11th streets.  The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St., between College and Columbia avenues.