For Immediate Release
21 June 2018
Contact: Jodi Joseph
Director of Communications
Alloy Orchestra: The Son of the Sheik
Passion! Betrayal! Redemption! Junk Rock!
NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS —Starring Rudolph Valentino and Vilma Bánky, this last and finest of Valentino’s films (he died suddenly just as it was released in 1926) solidified his reputation as the silver screen’s greatest lover. Alloy Orchestra’s propulsive score amplifies the action and drama to a fevered pitch on Saturday, August 11, at 8pm.
Cambridge, Mass. based Alloy Orchestra creates sound with an obscure collection of found objects, such as sheet metal and truck springs, classical instruments, and state-of-the-art electronics. Terry Donahue (percussion, accordion, vocals), Ken Winokur (percussion, clarinet), and Roger C. Miller (synthesizer) have written 32 original scores for feature length silent films while working with some of the most well-known film archive collectors to show the best available prints of silent films to audiences across the country. The trio has been at the foreground of the revival of masterpieces of the silent film era for close to three decades.
This summer Alloy Orchestra brings heightened drama and intrigue to the 1926 film The Son of the Sheik starring Vilma Bánky and Rudolph Valentino. Valentino’s final film — he passed suddenly before the film’s release — takes viewers on a romantic and dramatic journey through the love life of the sheik’s son Ahmed (Valentino) and a dancing girl named Yasmin (Bánky). Yasmin, betrothed to another man, secretly meets with Ahmed at night until Yasmin’s father and his gang of tricksters kidnap him, afraid that the Sheik’s son will take his daughter away. Ahmed no longer knows who to trust, believing the dancing girl he fell in love with set him up. From desert chases to loving embraces capped by edge-of-your-seat kidnap scenes, Alloy Orchestra: The Son of the Sheik will captivate.
On Saturday, August 11 at 8pm, Alloy Orchestra transports us to the sand dunes when it performs its live score to The Son of the Sheik under the stars in Courtyard C. Lickety Split, MASS MoCA’s in-house café, serves up fresh salads, homemade soup, and lip-smacking pub fare. The MASS MoCA bar is always well-stocked with local beer from Bright Ideas Brewing and Berkshire Mountain Distillery spirits. Tickets are $12 for students and advance purchase, $22 day of, and $36 preferred seating. Tickets for all events are available through the MASS MoCA box office located at the museum, open 11am to 5pm every day except Tuesdays. Tickets can also be charged by phone by calling 413.662.2111 x1 during box office hours or purchased online at massmoca.org. All events are held rain or shine.
High-resolution images of MASS MoCA’s summer 2018 events are available through this link: bit.ly/mm2018summer.
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