Lovett’s work is mostly focused on opera (“music-theater”) often combined with electronics. In addition, he composes chamber music and electroacoustic “soundscape” or acousmatic work.
Before experiencing pianist Gabriela Montero improvise a movie score on the spot to Charlie Chaplin's The Immigrant on the Princeton University Concerts Performances Up Close series on February 11, 6PM, come to the Princeton Garden Theatre to enjoy Chaplin's iconic comedic masterpiece, Modern Times (1936).
Chaplin’s last outing as the Little Tramp puts the iconic character to work as a giddily inept factory employee who becomes smitten with a gorgeous gamine (Paulette Goddard). With its barrage of unforgettable gags and sly commentary on class struggle during the Great Depression, Modern Times—though made almost a decade into the talkie era and containing moments of sound (even song!)—is a timeless showcase of Chaplin’s untouchable genius as a director of silent comedy.
A post-screening discussion about music for silent films will follow, with composer Andrew Lovett and Gabriela Montero.