The Music House Museum's Silent Film Series presents a Buster Keaton double feature of laughter! Keaton will be starring in two classics, Sherlock Jr. and One Week, with accompaniment by Interlochen Arts Academy Staff Pianist, Steve Larson. Experience these films with live accompaniment, as they were originally intended, on June 9th.
The evening of fun begins with the hilarious, Sherlock Jr. A young theater projectionist and aspiring detective (Keaton) falls in love with a beautiful girl. Her father's pocket watch is stolen and he vows to solve the crime.
But when planted evidence is found that makes him appear to be the thief he is banished from her house. He falls asleep in the projection booth and dreams his is a great detective and solves the crime despite hilarious attempts by the villain to thwart his efforts. Will he be able to solve the crime and win back the girl in real life?
This was Keaton's first film on his own, without Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. In this 1920 comedy short, a newly wedded couple (Keaton and Sybil Seely) are given a prefabricated 'build a house' kit, that can be built in "one week", as a wedding gift. They are unaware that a rival has sabotaged the kit's component numbering. Hilarity ensues as Keaton's character builds this house according to the false numbering and then they forced to move it when they discovered they built it on the wrong lot!!
At IAA, Steve Larson has played in recitals and chamber music festivals throughout the Midwest including the Absolutely Amadeus festival, the Manitou Music Festival and Chamber Music North. As a dance accompanist, Mr. Larson served as company pianist for the Milwaukee Ballet and has played for Minnesota Dance Theater, Alaska Dance Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet Hispanico and others. He has made dance accompaniment CDs for Aquarian Sound and Brio Recordings. His compositions have been performed by violinist Hal Grossman, the Concord Chamber Orchestra, the Interlochen Arts Academy Choir and the Backyard Recorder Consort. His improvisational skills are frequently put to use accompanying silent movies. Mr. Larson is currently organist at Grace Episcopal Church in Traverse City, Michigan.
The Music House Museum's Silent Film Series is a very popular event. It allows guests to experience silent films as they were originally screened, with live accompaniment. We bring world class musicians to the area who provide the sound track for these classic films. It is a perfect event for the entire family.