Chorus Niagara Presents Silent Film Masterpiece Peter Pan

 At Partridge Hall, one showing only May 4th, 7;30 p,m. FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, in downtown St.Catharines, Ontario.

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Posted April 24th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

CHORUS NIAGARA’S SILENT CINEMA is back with the enchanting lavish film fantasy Peter Pan, accompanied by a LIVE choral soundtrack curated by Artistic Director Robert Cooper, C.M.

This is the first-ever film version (1924) of J.M. Barrie’s magical boy who refuses to grow up, with cinematic effects of mermaids, mystical ships, secret hideaways, and the ever-popular flying sequences, that still delights today.

Chorus Niagara and Artistic Director Robert Cooper proudly present this fully restored masterpiece with LIVE soundtrack by the 100 voices of CHORUS NIAGARA and the keyboard artistry of Organist Edward Moroney and Pianist Krista Rhodes.

Artistic Director Robert Cooper says, ‘It was the lavish silent fantasy, the magic of flying children and the wondrous storybook land where kids never grow up, in this 1924 nearly-forgotten classic, that caught my creative fancy.

‘Clap your hands if you believe’ and join us for this magical musical rollicking adventure… it is fun for all ages!’ Peter Pan was released in 1924 amid much hype.

The film faithfully adhered as much to the original play as possible and featured beautiful cinematography by James Wong Howe. Peter Pan c1924 was not only a top quality production but also became a huge hit! Trade magazines referred to it as a ‘gold mine’ and ‘the money picture.’

The Buffalo Courier was one of the countless newspapers that gave it high praise: ‘The entire production is done with great delicacy and much attention to detail. And yet one is not aware of the studied sought-after effect. It has a delightful spontaneity, which may be due in part to the youth, the freshness, and charm of its actors.’

Despite its popularity, audiences almost didn’t get to enjoy Peter Pan today. For decades the last copy of the film was thought to have vanished in the late ’20s; fortunately, in 1971 a print was discovered in Rochester, New York.

A lovely restoration debuted in the 1990s, and it has been available to new generations ever since. Chorus Niagara is thrilled to present this magnificent silent film to audiences in Niagara for one showing only on the big screen in Partridge Hall with its world-class acoustics!

About our guest artists:

Edward Moroney (organist) is a well-known organist, composer, accompanist and vocal coach in Toronto. Throughout his more than forty years as an accompanist, he has played for many ensembles in concerts, on tours, and for radio broadcasts. Mr. Moroney has been the Director of Music and Organist of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church (Toronto) since 1998 and was awarded the Order of the Diocese of Toronto in 2017. He is currently a tutor and accompanist at York University in Toronto.

Krista Rhodes (pianist) is a sought-after collaborative pianist and recording artist in the GTA, working with a wide variety of organizations and artists. She has appeared on stages in North America, Hungary, Belgium, Holland, and the UK. She is also the accompanist for CHORUS NIAGARA, the Bach Elgar Choir, and Brott Music Festival in Hamilton, Ontario. Chorus Niagara thanks film sponsor NIAGARA CASINOS and pianist sponsors Trish Crawford and Jacques Beaudoin for their generous financial support of this presentation.

Tickets for PETER PAN can be purchased through the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre BOX OFFICE (direct link) or www.firstontariopac.ca

PHONE: 905-688-0722 (0PAC) or 905-688-5601 x3700 or toll free 1-855-515-0722 or TTY 905-688-4TTY (4889)

EMAIL: boxoffice@firstontariopac.caIN

PERSON: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines, Ontario. 

Ticket Prices: (Handling Fee & HST extra)  *Family 4-Pack Special, $100 (2 Adults + 2 Children) must purchase in quantity of 4 Adult: $45, Senior (60+): $43, Under 30: $30, Student (University or College with valid ID): $20 Child (Age 15 & under): $15, High School Student (with valid ID): $5 

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