Dublin Theatre Festival

The eircom Dublin theatre festival in association with the National Concert Hall

Dracula, The Music and Film

Original music by Philip Glass

Venue National Concert Hall

Performed by Philip Glass and Kronos Quartet:David Harrington, violin; John Sherba, violin; Hank Dutt, viola; Jennifer Culp, cello and Michael Riesman, keyboards
To Universal Pictures' 1931 film classic Dracula
Starring Bela Lugosi

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Dracula, The Music and Film
is a truly one-of-a-kind production which transforms the National Concert Hall into a movie house and music venue in one! The performance offers a rare opportunity to hear leading contemporary composer Philip Glass perform his work live, with Kronos, one of the world's most acclaimed string quartets.

The starting point for this collaboration is Tod Browning's 1931 film Dracula, featuring the legendary Bela Lugosi in the title role of the Hungarian count-turned-vampire. Glass has composed a new score for the film, an early talkie which had no music and few sound effects. The film is shown on a translucent screen with the musicians playing behind, allowing them to appear at key moments within the film.

The Daily Telegraph calls Philip Glass “the most powerful composer of his time”. His compositions include Einstein on the Beach , a 12-hour opera created with Robert Wilson; the scores to the films Kundun (Academy Award nomination) and The Truman Show (Golden Globe Award); and many orchestral works. Kronos Quartet, founded in 1973, has emerged as a leading voice for new music, for whom over 400 works have been written or arranged. Rolling Stone has called them "classical music's own Fab Four".

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