Live Cinema Returns to Mount Holyoke College: MHC Orchestra Presents the 1929 Silent Film The Iron Mask

For Immediate Release
October 17, 2005

Mark Bartley
Allison Gillis

South Hadley, MA--The MHC Orchestra follows up last fall's successful presentation of Phantom of the Opera with another silent film from 1929: The Iron Mask, starring Douglas Fairbanks. Music by Carl Davis will be performed by the orchestra in synchronization with the silent film under the direction of Mark Bartley, visiting instructor in music. The Iron Mask is based on The Man in the Iron Mask, by Alexandre Dumas, and features the continuing adventures of the Three Musketeers as they try to thwart the efforts of the king of France's evil twin brother to take over the throne.

"We had such an overwhelming response to our first live cinema event, Phantom of the Opera, that we felt we needed to follow it with another big film," said Bartley. "Watching The Iron Mask with live orchestral accompaniment is a rare treat, a perfectly unique Halloween experience."

The Iron Mask
Dates: Saturday, October 29, 7:30 pm and Sunday, October 30, 2:30 pm.
Location: Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall, Mount Holyoke College
Admission: $10, general; $5, students and senior citizens
Sponsored by 88.5FM~WFCR, NPR News and Music for Western New England

About the MHC Orchestra
Begun as a student organization in the spring of 2000 by Lisa Utzinger '02 and Sara Curtin '02, the Mount Holyoke College Orchestra has steadily gained popularity among the student body and surrounding community. Now an official music department ensemble, the orchestra has grown to a roster of over 50 players and maintains a busy concert schedule, performing five or six major events each academic year.

Although a relatively young organization, the MHC Orchestra has already collaborated with a long list of ensembles: Boston University Choral Society; Boston University Men's Chorus; Cornell University Hangovers; Euridice Quartet; New England Conservatory Children's Chorus; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Symphony Orchestra; WPI Men's Glee Club; Yale Camerata; MHC Concert Choir, Glee Club, Chamber Singers and Family Chorus; Jazz Ensembles of MHC; and MHC English Handbell Choir.