Organist Peter Krasinki, having been deeply moved by the destruction at the Paris landmark, will be providing a musical underlining for “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” one of the most iconic films of the silent era, to encourage offerings for the restoration of Notre Dame Cathedral. The 1923 movie depicts the tortured hunchback Quasimodo in the person of the man of 1,000 faces, Lon Chaney. Misunderstood by nearly everyone but Esmeralda, he saved the holy edifice, crying “Sanctuary.” Directed by Wallace Worsley, and produced by Carl Laemmle, Universal’s “Super Jewel” of 1923, the company’s most successful silent film, grossed $3.5 million.
Peter Krasinski, a leading improvisational accompanist of silent film, will provide a “composition in real time” utilizing the spectacular 1921 Skinner pipe organ (opus 308) at Old South Church in Boston on Wednesday, July 3, 7:30 PM.
After greetings and citations from the French Consulate, the evening proceeds with the singing of the National Anthems of France and United States, and a multi-media presentation of a moving remembrance of the day a tragic fire almost destroyed one of the worlds most cherished landmarks.
Proceeds from the event will be set aside to fund the complete restoration of the Great Organ and the Choir Organ of Notre Dame de Paris.
Ticket are $10 for the general public, and $5 for students with a current ID, any member of any branch of the military or fire department, any member of AAM, ATOS and AGO members. Children under 12 will be admitted free, but they may be frightened.
Presented in collaboration with the French Heritage Society, The Cultural Attaché at the Consulate General of France, Alliance Française of Boston, Bienvenue a’ Boston, and the Boston Conference of the Association of Anglican Musicians.
Peter Krasinski, an award-winning Boston organist specializes in the art of creating unique improvised soundtracks to silent films. He has had many connections with Notre Dame Cathedral and has played the Grand Organ in recital there.