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A blending of art forms

While most of a student’s time on campus is involved with classes and studying, UNB has tons of different shows and cultural events happening every semester. Plays, movies and live music are just a few of the common events happening on the hill. This past week though, a combination of two happened under one roof.

The Music on the Hill Concert Series hosted an event last Wednesday that brought together music and film. Along with a projection of the silent film, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, a live string quintet performed accompanying music.

Sarah Beth Shiplett is one of the organizers behind the event at the Centre for Musical Arts. She said that an event like this is reminiscent of how films were shown in the past.

“This event is historically authentic to what it was like in the 1920s. There are suggestions from the director about what type of music should be played for each scene, whether it be happy or suspenseful or sad. The musicians or conductor pick and choose music to fit the film.”

Nadia Francavilla was a violinist in the show as well as an Artist-in-Residence on campus. She thinks this event is a great opportunity to learn.

“With this performance, audiences get to watch a great movie they haven’t seen, and have an experience they probably have never had before, of having a live soundtrack performed to a film.”

Shiplett agrees that it’s a great learning opportunity.

“This event can interest a lot of different people. Before the show, we have a short educational talk so it ties in something educational, especially for those who want to know the history around this type of event.”

As an Artist-in-Residence, Francavilla teaches a course on music and film. Because of this, she knows how important the connection between the two art forms can be.

“We are used to going to theatres and not thinking about it. How many people walk out of theatres as the credits are rolling at the end of the movie? They don’t know or maybe don’t care. In many instances the soundtrack makes the movie — it is a pretty important part of what is out there.”

The next scheduled Music on the Hill performance is on Jan. 21, where Francavilla will be joined by a selection of musicians. Given the positive reception that the latest performance got from the crowd, Souvenir de Voyage is definitely something to mark on your calendars.


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