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Cleveland Orchestra Gets Ready for “City Lights”

Guest conductor William Eddins, who generally leads the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, will take the reins of the Cleveland Orchestra on Saturday the 31st in hopes of guiding them through a reasonable interpretation of Charlie Chaplin’s score to his immortal 1931 film City Lights, which is a thing that, William Eddins would like to impress upon you, is not easy to accomplish, not a bit, no way. Eddins’ descriptions of what goes into something like this – knowing the cues, knowing where to get frantic and where to lay out, knowing the whole bloody film inside and out – are just exhausting to read. But what’s cooler than seeing a silent film with live musical accompaniment, especially if it’s the Cleveland Orchestra? (Zachary Lewis, Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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