Hunchback-475x734The Ocala Symphony Orchestra in partnership with the Silver Springs International Film Festival is excited to present the Hunchback of Notre Dame. The silent film, released in 1923, will be accompanied by a haunting original score performed by the Ocala Symphony Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Matthew Wardell. This event takes place at the historic Marion Theatre and is part of the two-day “Silver Scream” festivities hosted by the Ocala Film Foundation which also includes a Halloween night screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, featuring a live shadow cast, following “Fandomonium” on the Downtown Square.

Tickets to the 6:30 p.m. Hunchback of Notre Dame performance are $25 per person and $35 per couple. Tickets to the 9:30 p.m. performance, include access to the VIP pre-party, and are $35 per person and $50 per couple. The VIP party will be hosted at the Brick City Center for the Arts and includes devilishly delectable desserts from some of Ocala’s top chefs, libations and live music that will surely put you in the spirit for the performance. Guests are encouraged to wear black and white attire that will add to the mood of the evening. The event is sponsored by Webster University.

Do not miss this brilliant collaboration of live music and motion pictures on the stage.

Tickets for the Hunchback of Notre Dame are on sale now at www.ocalasymphony.com. or you can call the OSO office at 352-351-1606. You can also find more information on tickets and the entire list of  “Silver Scream” festivities at www.springsfilmfest.com.

About the Film

This Universal Pictures classic is faithfully based on Victor Hugo’s timeless novel, “Notre-Dame de Paris,” and stars Lon Chaney in perhaps his greatest performance. While the early horror films Chaney made were among the best films being produced in the United States at that time, Chaney rose above the horror genre through his ability to portray not only horror and pain, but emotional longing. Known by audiences as the “man of a thousand faces,” many film historians consider Lon Chaney to be “the first great actor.

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The Ocala Symphony Orchestra is Marion County’s premier cultural arts organization. Founded in 1975, the 501(c)(3) orchestra averages a dozen concerts throughout the year in front of nearly 10,000 area citizens. Its mission is to have the highest caliber music performed by skilled musicians under the dynamic leadership of a brilliant and energetic music director, Maestro Matthew Wardell. It is driven to reach, entertain, and inspire audiences of all ages while serving the broadest group of constituents. The OSO aims to foster excellence in music education through collaborative partnerships with local resources.