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The Invincible Czars:
Phantom of the Opera & Nosferatu
May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm$20
Their music fuses riff rock, classical/symphonic music, heavy metal, loungey grooves, odd meters, klezmer, country shuffles, punk rock and circusy polka. They draw from influences as disparate as Slint and Igor Stravinsky, Van Halen and Louis Armstrong, and The Melvins and Ween with the DIY attitude of post-punk groups like NoMeansNo and Fugazi to their musical explorations, resulting in a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.
In the past few years, they have also become known and lauded for their arrangements of classical works such as Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and Mussorgsky’s “A Night on Bald Mountain.” They have also re-scored the Russian silent film Aelita, Queen of Mars and performed it live for Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas in July 2007 with guest vibraphonist Sarah Norris of Bee vs. Moth.
The Phantom of the Opera
In this silent horror classic, aspiring young opera singer Christine Daaé discovers that she has a mysterious admirer intent on helping her become a lead performer. This enigmatic masked presence is Erik, also known as the Phantom, a horribly disfigured recluse who lives underneath the Paris Opera House. When the Phantom takes Christine prisoner and demands her devotion and affection, her suitor, Vicomte Raoul de Chagny, sets out to rescue her.
Originally released in 1922 as “Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror”, this chilling and eerie adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” is a silent masterpiece of terror which to this day is a striking and frightening portrayal of the legend. As the world’s first vampire movie, it is regarded as the first important horror film–but it was almost erased from the history books when the estate of Bram Stoker sued the filmmakers for copyright infringement and most of the prints of the movie were destroyed. Several survived, and this performance will feature the most completely restored version that exists.