Williamsburg, MI 49690
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Just in time for Halloween, the Music House Silent Film Series presents the vampire classic, ‘Nosferatu’, with accompaniment by Fr. Andrew Rogers.
Famed German director F.W. Murnau set out to create the first film version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula but was denied rights by Stoker’s estate. Murnau continued production, simply changing the name of the main character to Nosferatu, and created what many still consider the best film version of this classic book. A lawsuit by Stoker’s estate prevented wide distribution of the film, but the mysterious and haunting quality of this version has brought a cult classic status and is considered by film buffs everywhere as a ‘must see’.
Nosferatu is played by character actor Max Schreck. A method actor, Schreck was never seen without make-up by the cast and crew which added an air of mystery to the set. The filming of ‘Nosferatu’ became something of a myth, perpetuated by Murnau implying that Schreck was actually a vampire playing an actor playing a vampire.
To add to the fun, we encourage the audience to come in costume!
Fr. Andrew Rogers is a frequent and popular accompanist to our Silent Film Series. His amazing skills on the Wurltizer organ and in scoring films make the film experience truly great.
A resident of Fenton, Michigan, Andrew began his musical studies on the accordion at seven, winning local and National competitions playing transcriptions of classical orchestral music. He later appeared in the orchestra of Broadway productions at Michigan State University where he holds his degree, with honors, in Psychology.
He studied theater organ techniques with the late Fr. James Miller, and then augmented his studies with Dr. Marilyn Mason at the University of Michigan while she was on sabbatical.
He accompanied Fr. Jim on his second tour of Australia and Norfolk Island, appearing both in joint concerts and solo engagements, also, traveling on two Historic Organ Tours led by Dr. Mason covering France, Italy, and Switzerland.
He is on staff at the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor, and the Detroit Fox. He has also performed for local AGO chapters. A few years ago he quit his 17-year job at a travel agency to focus more on music and scoring silent films.
In addition to his classical and pop concerts, it was in 2003 when Fr. Andrew was invited to play for a public program in Michigan for the Foundation for Global Harmony – Japan. The music so transported its founder, that he asked Andrew to create two meditation CD’s for the Foundation to sell as a fundraiser to help raise funds for orphanages, hospitals, vocational schools, etc. for children in SE Asia.