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Buster Keaton Silent Movie with Live Organ Music Peformed by David Briggs

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Ascension Memorial Church

31 County Street

Ipswich, MA 01938

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Ascension Memorial Church is delighted to host renowned international concert organist David Briggs who will improvise the score to the classic 1926 silent movie, "The General,” starring Buster Keaton, on the church’s C. B. Fisk organ.

Join us as we enjoy this Buster Keaton classic silent movie as it was meant to be viewed – enhanced by live music. Delight in hearing how the organ becomes part of the movie as David Briggs’ musical talents punctuates the comedy and accentuates the drama. This blending of improvisation, film and a live audience will be a treat for all ages.

Following the movie, there will be an ice cream social featuring delicious homemade ice cream from DownRiver Ice Cream in Essex

"The General" Movie Synopsis
One of the most revered comedies of the silent era, this film finds hapless Southern railroad engineer Johnny Gray (Buster Keaton) facing off against Union soldiers during the American Civil War. When Johnny's fiancée, Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack), is accidentally taken away while on a train stolen by Northern forces, Gray pursues the soldiers, using various modes of transportation in comic action scenes that highlight Keaton's boundless wit and dexterity.


David Briggs is an internationally renowned organist whose performances are acclaimed for their musicality, virtuosity, and ability to excite and engage audiences of all ages. With an extensive repertoire spanning five centuries, he is known across the globe for his brilliant organ transcriptions of symphonic music by composers such as Mahler, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Bruckner, Ravel, and Bach. Fascinated by the art of Improvisation since a child, David also frequently performs improvisations to silent films such as Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Nosferatu, Jeanne d'Arc, Metropolis, as well as a variety of Charlie Chaplin films.

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