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This Music and Arts Series is an outreach of Grace Cathedral in Topeka, KS. Please take a moment to check out all of our upcoming concerts and Cloister Gallery events. You can also find out how you can get more involved or become a Friend of GREAT SPACES. With a dozen or more concerts each season and new artists featured monthly in the gallery, there is truly something for everyone.
"Silents in the Cathedral"
Friday, October 28, 7 p.m.
Sponsored by the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library with the cooperation of the Kansas Silent Film Festival, Inc.
Free to the Public
Music by Marvin Faulwell playing the Cathedral Organ with Bob Keckeisen – Percussion
Introductions by Denise Morrison
Do Detectives Think? (1927) – Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy team up as detectives trying to track down a killer (Noah Young). They manage to figure out he’s going after the judge (Jimmy Finlayson) who sent him up the river and it’s going to be a pretty long and scary night before justice prevails. It will also produce one hilarious comedy short with ‘the boys’ in good form in one of their early silent gems. – 20 minutes
The Great Pumpkin Race (1910) – Directed by Emile Cohl
A bizarre little short film from an excellent French filmmaker. Produced in Paris for Gaumont Studios where Cohl created several early animated films. This 6-minute short shows an impressive use of cartoon techniques for the time period.
THE LAST WARNING (1929)
Starring Laura LaPlante / Montague Love / Roy D’Arcy – 77 minutes; Directed by Paul Leni
Our feature film for the 19th annual ‘Silents in the Cathedral’ is a rarely seen spooky epic from the final days of the silent film era entitled THE LAST WARNING. It features a great cast of suspicious characters under the direction of German emigre Paul Leni whose earlier ‘haunted house’ classic, THE CAT AND THE CANARY had been an enormous hit for Universal Pictures in 1927.
This time the setting is a haunted theater where a play is to be re-enacted so that a murder can be solved. This chiller is drenched in great atmosphere, creepy performers and all sorts of plot twists.
Universal had the time and the money to make these pictures right and THE LAST WARNING was a hit in its time, but it has been largely forgotten. The ‘talkie’ revolution insured that there would be a copy of this film sent out to theaters with a synchronized music soundtrack (which currently does not survive) and strangely the film was not remade during the sound era.
The cast includes Laura LaPlante (the star of THE CAT AND THE CANARY), Montague Love (who would go on to play a number of great character roles including King Richard near the end of the 1939 version of THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD starring Errol Flynn), Roy D’Arcy (always a terrific villain) and John Boles, just two years away from playing the rejected boyfriend of Elizabeth Frankenstein (Mae Clark) in the upcoming Universal classic, FRANKENSTEIN (1931) with Boris Karloff.
CANTUS Holiday Concert
Sunday, December 4, 3 p.m.
“We All Will Be Together”
Sitting down to a sumptuous feast prepared with love and family - Decorating to a festive air with carols wafting through the house - Children writing heartfelt letters to Santa. All too often, we are reminded that traditions are timeless, while the people we love are not. In the Cantus 2016 Holiday program, the ensemble explores the reasons behind traditions - from learning from generations past how best to celebrate the season, to discovering the wonder anew in those experiencing it for the first time.
Tickets $30 Premium (limited number) | $20 General Admission
Available online here.
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