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FILM/MUSIC | "The Phantom of the Opera"


The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will be in the Halloween spirit this weekend as it provides live accompaniment to the 1925 silent film "The Phantom of the Opera." One of the first classic Universal Monster movies — behind only 1923's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" — "The Phantom of the Opera" stars Lon Chaney Sr. as the murderous Phantom haunting the Paris Opera House. Legend has it that movie houses were encouraged to carry smelling salts in case anyone fainted from Chaney's horrific make-up, revealed when Christine Daaé (played here by Mary Philbin) rips off the Phantom's mask in the now iconic scene. Donald Hunsberger, conductor emeritus of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, will guest conduct. Hunsberger has created orchestral accompaniments to more than 18 silent films, and has conducted performances with 50 orchestras across the country. This is an RPO Pops performance.

The RPO will accompany "The Phantom of the Opera" on Friday, October 31, and Saturday, November 1, at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater, 60 Gibbs Street. 8 p.m. both nights. $16-$92.