Saturday, November 22, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

‘Modern Times’ screening, with live score, set in Vacaville

VCS symphony 8_5_14

Ralph Martin conducts the Vacaville Christian Schools Radio Symphony during a rehearsal for upcoming showings of Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times". The symphony will play live with the semi-silent classic at Brenden Theatres, on August 13 and 14, at 7:00 p.m. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

By
From page B1 | August 08, 2014 |

VACAVILLE — Visit the website for Vacaville Christian School’s The Radio Conservatory and you’ll find a clock counting down the days, hours and minutes to the screening of Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times.”

The wait actually began four years ago when Ralph Martin, who heads up the music program at the school, asked the Chaplin estate for permission to perform the soundtrack.

The request was politely declined, with a mention that the score, which will be played by the conservatory students, could be difficult for students.

“It’s a very fast score,” Martin said. “It’s tied to the action on the screen. Like a Looney Tunes cartoon, when the character moves, the music moves.”

The summer radio conservatory students took on playing the score to silent films seven years ago. Martin figured the program’s longevity played a big role in the Chaplin estate finally approving his annual request for “Modern Times.”

That, coupled with the fact that, in 2010, the students performed the score to Chaplin’s “City Lights.” Martin also said his students’ performance in November 2013 of the “Superman” score by Sammy Timberg helped.

Written for a 66-piece studio orchestra, “Modern Times” will be adapted for the smaller size of Martin’s group and feature some guest performers.

Martin watches the film and reads the score while conducting. The musicians have their backs to the movie.

“I have to be there a couple of measures ahead of the show,” he said of how fast the action and score are timed. He has to block out all distractions to keep focused.

The score also means double duty for musicians such as Tessa Moore, who plays the flute and picks up some of the notes for the violin.

She graduated from Vacaville Christian Schools a few months ago and has stayed close to be part of what she calls an incredible opportunity.

“How often do you get to play the score to a silent film when you have just graduated high school?” she said, rhetorically.

She’s headed off to California State University, Sacramento where she will minor in music. Moore has played in six of the seven silent film orchestras.

“I’m really proud of this project,” she said. “It’s hard and tough. I think we are going to pull it off.”

“Modern Times” will be Kaden Connelley’s first venture into the world of playing the score to a silent film. The trumpet player, who will enter fifth grade this year, earned a solo, as well.

“I’m learning some amazing things,” he said.

The musicians got a one-week break after school finished for the summer before rehearsals began. By the time the film airs, the students will have invested 107 hours of practicing.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or amaginnis@dailyrepublic.net. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

  • “Modern Times”
  • Score played by Vacaville Christian Schools radio conservatory
  • 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday
  • Brenden Theatres, 531 Davis St., Vacaville
  • www.radioconservatory.com
Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

Courses designed to boost health yield positive results

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
 
Bands shine, Scouts serve, dogs win across region

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Police: Child flees attacker in Fairfield

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3, 1 Comment

 
 
Quail Run appeals 2nd ruling over wage claims

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3

Settlement reached in Fairfield Inn suit over fall

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3

 
Assessors association taps Tonnesen as president

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3

 
Timm, Hunt maintain leads in tight council races

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A9

Afternoon crash kills 1 in Vallejo

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A9

 
Fairfield police log: Nov. 20, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

Suisun City police log: Nov. 20, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

 
.

US / World

House intel panel debunks many Benghazi theories

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
A look at how FDA-approved robotic leg braces work

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

Marine with robotic leg braces gets Bronze Star

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Oregon festival’s giant nutcracker: 41 feet

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

San Francisco window washer falls onto moving car

By The Associated Press | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Zookeepers had safety concerns before gorilla died

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

California storms bring scattered rain, mudslides

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
Judge declares wrongly convicted woman innocent

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4 | Gallery

$139M deal reached in school molestation case

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
Senate leader lays off dozens of office employees

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

UC expands legal services for immigrant students

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Man pleads not guilty to emailing nudies of ex

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Stymied? Republicans seek immigration response

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
LA animal shelter slashes prices on 100 pets

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5 | Gallery

Agency rejects solar project in Silurian Valley

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Iran nuke talks stalled, despite Kerry efforts

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Biden urges Russia to uphold east Ukraine truce

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Police: 3-year-old set fire that killed his family

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

93-year-old woman marks 75 years with same company

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
UK police spied on reporters for years, docs show

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Agency: Schools helped Lanza’s mom ‘appease’ him

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Bandits in Guinea steal suspected Ebola blood

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

With snow still piled high, Buffalo faces flooding

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
.

Opinion

GOP can trump Obama’s bad immigration plan

By Lanhee Chen | From Page: A8

 
Editorial Cartoons: Nov. 22, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Batson column falls short of truth

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

.

Living

Community Calendar: Nov. 22, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
Today in History: Nov. 22, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

My sister kicked Mom out of her house and won’t let her have the car

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A7

 
Horoscopes: Nov. 22, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: A7

Blanket drive for homeless gets help from Colts player

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
.

Entertainment

Bill Cosby show set for Vegas casino canceled

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
Matt Czuchry says ‘Good Wife’ arc is at right time

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

‘Queen Latifah Show’ to end after its 2nd season

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
.

Sports

Vacaville downs Del Oro to advance to section semis

By Nick DeCicco | From Page: B1

 
Sparano savors 1st win with Raiders

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Panthers youth football prepares for Super Bowl

By Marcus Lomtong | From Page: B1

France levels tie against Switzerland in Davis Cup

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Ibanez, Cash, Wakamatsu finalists to manage Rays

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Federal judge denies sports betting in New Jersey

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
JC women’s basketball: Solano advances to tourney title game

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

Ciganda, Granada tied for lead at LPGA finale

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Sharks trade Demers to Stars for Dillon

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

NFL will hear Adrian Peterson’s appeal Dec. 2

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
49ers’ Dorsey is out of Sunday’s game against Redskins

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
This date in sports history for Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

.

Business

Toyota recalls nearly 423K Lexuses for fuel leaks

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Ford’s new F-150 to get 26 mpg, tops among pickups

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

CEOs in 10 big mergers to get $430M: Equilar study

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
California unemployment unchanged at 7.3 percent

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

White House: Immigration steps would boost wages

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
.

Obituaries

Arthur Irving Weiner

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

 
Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

 
Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

 
.

Home Seller 11/22/14

My brothers said, pay double the rent or move out

By Tim Jones | From Page: HSR2

Ask a Designer: from clutter to decor

By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR2

Real estate transactions for Nov. 22, 2014

By Maureen Fissolo | From Page: HSR3

US 30-year mortgage rates drop to 3.99 percent

By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR3