The Texas Medical Center Orchestra (TMCO) presents the TMCO Fall Concert: Charlie Chaplin at the Symphony featuring Dan Kamin, Saturday and Sunday, October 28 & 29 in Zilkha Hall at Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.
The fun begins with Kamin as “The Classical Clown,” an annoying mime who battles conductor Libi Lebel for control of the TMC Orchestra. It’s a symphonic showdown set to the serious sounds of Beethoven, Grieg, Britten and Stravinsky.
By the time it’s over, the mime conducts, the conductor turns into a mime, and even the usually serious musicians get into the act.
Then the mime unmasks to introduce two great Chaplin comedies, “Easy Street” and “The Immigrant,” accompanied by terrific new symphonic scores by Grant Cooper.
You’ll be amazed by how timely the films are, with their unflinching look at poverty, despair, homelessness and urban violence — not to mention the connection with the current worldwide immigrant crisis. Yet despite their dark themes the films are hilariously funny and deeply optimistic, presenting a joyous vision of the world not only as it is, but as it might be.
There’s no better way to experience Chaplin’s mimetic art than the way his original audiences did—on the big screen, with live musical accompaniment.
And there’s no better person to introduce his artistry than Dan Kamin, who trained Robert Downey, Jr. for his Oscar-nominated performance in “Chaplin” and created Johnny Depp’s comedy moves for “Benny and Joon.”
“Charlie Chaplin at the Symphony,” presented by the Texas Medical Center Orchestra, promises to be an uproarious evening of comedy and music for the whole family.
Showtimes are Saturday, October 28 at 7:00 P.M., and Sunday, October 29 at 2 P.M. Both performances are at Zilkha Hall in The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.