‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari:’ Luther College Composition Students Present Silent Film Score

The classic silent film "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" will spring to life with a newly composed musical score by students at Luther College. Directed by Brooke Joyce, Luther composer-in-residence and Steve Smith, Luther composition instructor, the original film will be shown with an electro-acoustic score at 9 p.m. Monday, April 28, in the Recital Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.

The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The featured composers include seniors Eric Anderson, Dylan Carlson, Kimberly Osberg and Jacob Schnabel, juniors Leif Larson, Sam Milligan, Caleb Sander, Scott Senko and Shafer Stromwall, sophomores Benjamin Davidson and Andrew Emrick and freshman Logan Larson. All are students of Brooke Joyce and Steve Smith.

First released in Germany in 1920, "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" is considered one of the earliest and finest examples of the horror film genre, spawning many imitations over the years. With its stylized sets, atmospheric imagery and mysterious plot, the film influenced generations of subsequent filmmakers. Each of the 12 composers involved in the project composed a portion of the score, using a set of common leitmotifs and musical ideas that were produced by the group as a whole. The entire musical score was realized using both recorded and synthesized sounds. This is the second such silent film project undertaken at Luther; four years ago, the composition studio composed an instrumental score to the classic film "Nosferatu."

As a bonus, "Dr. Caligari" will be preceded by the performance of a live instrumental accompaniment to the opening scenes from Charlie Chaplin's classic film "City Lights," composed and conducted by Luther senior Dylan Carlson.

For more information about the composition program at Luther, visit http://www.luther.edu/composition.