Boise day 3
Introducing the morning programs was Channel 7's meteoroloigist Rick Lantz (no relation to Walter), who also covers education and/or arts events. Rick greeted the kids then handed the mic over to me.
In three hours (at 9.30, 10.30 and 11.30 am) we showed silent films to 2,100 6th graders this morning. The 3 programs included both the Shipman and Keaton shorts; no time for me to use the organ. Kids were focused, even riveted, for both shorts. We opened with the Shipman, and even though it was a drama it really held the kids' attention.
The TVYS is seen setting up here -- you get a good sense of the Egyptian decor of the theater, and also can see the organ console.Seen below are photos of the Treasure Valley Youth Symphony performing my orchestral scores to The Light on Lookout starring Nell Shipman (score world premiere!) ---- and to Keaton's One Week (which the TVYS premiered in 2004).The kids sounded great at all 3 shows, and Dr. Saunders (the conductor) really had the scores in synch with the films. Tonight is the big "Musical Movies" event, where I'll talk about the organ and demonstrate it a little before running the Arbuckle picture.