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University Symphony Orchestra to Present Mark of Zorro

Oct. 22, 2012

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

University Symphony Orchestra to Present Mark of Zorro

WTAMU Symphony Orchestra to Provide Synchronized Movie Soundtrack

CANYON, Texas—It will be the perfect blend of action, adventure, comedy and romance when the West Texas A&M University Symphony Orchestra presents its live-cinema production of the 1920 classic The Mark of Zorro at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 in Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall.

The WTAMU Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Mark Bartley, associate professor of music, will provide the live musical accompaniment while the black-and-white silent film plays on the wide screen. The presentation will mark the orchestra’s seventh live-cinema production at WTAMU.

“We are very excited about The Mark of Zorro,” Bartley said. “We’ve had great responses to our productions through the years, and this classic tale is one the audience will recognize and love. Plus, the orchestra will be performing an original score composed by Dr. B. J. Brooks that adds special, dramatic effect to the silent film.”

Brooks, assistant professor of music at WTAMU, is quite familiar with working on scores for Bartley’s live-cinema productions. The Mark of Zorro is the third time Bartley has premiered one of Brooks’ original works. He composed the score for the 2009 live cinema presentation of Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid and the 2010 production of The Phantom of the Opera.

“He always does an amazing job for us, but I have to admit, this is the best of the three,” Bartley said. “It just gets better and better each time.”

The Mark of Zorro was released in December 1920 and tells the story of a mysterious masked man fighting for the rights of the people against the colonial government of old Spanish Mexico. The swashbuckling Zorro shows his skills as a fighter against evil with his athletic leaps while brandishing a sword. Douglas Fairbanks plays dual roles as Don Diego Vega and as the charismatic Senor Zorro, and Marguerite De La Motte portrays Lolita Palido.

The Oct. 28 production will mark the group’s second performance of the 2012-2013 season and offers a good warm-up for two additional performances—Oct. 29 at the La Rita Theatre in Dalhart and Oct. 30 at the Yucca Theatre in Midland.

Advance tickets for the WTAMU production are available by calling 806-651-2854. The tickets are priced at $5 for general admission and free for those with a Buff Gold Card. For more information, call Bartley at 806-651-2830.



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