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Free screening of silent movie with live piano in Weston

weston-piano-music-concertBuster Keaton’s classic silent film comedy Seven Chances (1925) will be shown in the Weston Public Library Community Room at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, with live piano accompaniment provided by David H. Connell, artist-in-residence of Norfield Church.

Keaton, known as “The Great Stone Face” for his deadpan approach to comedy, plays lawyer James Shannon, who stands to inherit $7 million from his grandfather, but only if he is married by 7 p.m. on his 27th birthday. But wait, that’s today!

The 56-minute film features Keaton’s hilarious visual comedy and hijinks, which served as inspiration for physical comedians who came after him.

Dr. Connell played for his first silent films as a teenager, under the influence of the local “Wurlitzer Lady,” who had played for these films when they first came out.

Dr. Connell has served as artist-in-residence at Norfield Congregational Church since 2007, the church’s 250th anniversary year. Since then, he has made presentations to the Y’s Men, Weston Historical Society, Weston Women’s League, PEO, and other groups, and has assisted with the Kiwanis Christmas celebrations. He has also been a leader in adult education and music at the church.

For the past 10 summers, Dr. Connell has led the choral program of the North Carolina Governor’s School at Winston-Salem, N.C. Before these engagements, he directed the world-famous Yale Glee Club for a decade while on the music faculty at Yale University.

The movie presentation is free, sponsored by the Friends of the Weston Public Library. For more information, email friendsofthewestonlibrary@gmail.com.

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