VIDEO: Timothy Brock Returns to West Seattle with Music of the Silent Giants

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
5:30 p.m. VIP ($100), 6:45 p.m. general admission ($20)

Please enjoy this video invitation by Timothy Brock to his “Music of the Silent Giants” event on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at the Historic Admiral Theater!

TO PURCHASE ADVANCE TICKETS, CLICK HERE.

Presentation by ‘Silent-Film Music Guru’ benefits Admiral mural restoration,
features interview, clips, Chaplin’s ‘Modern Times’ on Tuesday evening, July 25

Timothy Brock

 

 

 

 

Restoration of the art-deco underwater murals of West Seattle’s Historic Admiral Theater will get another boost this summer with a one-night presentation by a West Seattle native whose orchestral scores for classic movies of the pre-sound era have earned him the title of the “Silent Film Music Guru.”

The event is called “Timothy Brock Returns to West Seattle with Music of the Silent Giants.”

It will take place at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at the Historic Admiral Theater, 2343 California Ave. S.W., sponsored by our historical society.

TO PURCHASE ADVANCE TICKETS, CLICK HERE.

This exciting evening – to last more than three hours, with an intermission – will start with Timothy Brock being interviewed by his childhood friend, West Seattle’s Dave Beck, a host at KING-FM and longtime former KUOW-FM host.

Brock will reminisce with Beck about their West Seattle upbringing and discuss the fascinating process of scoring silent classics. (Brock earned the label of “Silent-Film Music Guru” from Vogue magazine in May 2016.)

Interspersed will be stills and clips from silent films that Brock has scored. Following an intermission, Brock will introduce the screening of the Charlie Chaplin feature “Modern Times,” for which Brock has restored and re-recorded the original 1936 Chaplin score.

Tickets are $20, and proceeds will go to the Historic Admiral Theater mural restoration led by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. A VIP opportunity, to attend the presentation and visit one-on-one with Brock and Beck beforehand, will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the theater. VIP tickets are $100.

Advance ticket purchases are encouraged, as the event may sell out.

TO PURCHASE ADVANCE TICKETS, CLICK HERE.

Timothy Brock, who has long lived in Bologna, Italy, is internationally renowned for his orchestral scores for the movies of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton and many other silent film classics. Over 30 years, he has composed 27 original scores for silent films, and he has served as the film restorer for the Chaplin estate since 1998. Brock also conducts symphonies in live performances of his scores to accompany presentations of silent films all over the world.

Timothy Brock conducting.

This month Brock is making a rare return to his boyhood community, where, as a 10-year-old in the early 1970s, he watched organ-accompanied silent films at West Seattle’s beloved Granada Theater south of The Junction and drew the initial inspiration for his career, which he labels a “lifelong dream.” (The Granada was razed in 1977.)

To see Brock discuss this West Seattle-based inspiration see time code 1:20-1:50 of this video:

Brock’s mother is Berlena Brock, former board member of our historical society.

TO PURCHASE ADVANCE TICKETS, CLICK HERE.

This unique presentation on July 25 will be the second event this summer to benefit the historical society’s fund to restore the auditorium murals of the Historic Admiral Theater. The first event, a screening of the local documentary “Legends of the Road,” drew 200 people to the theater and raised more than $5,000 for the fund.

The murals date to 1942, when the Portola Theater was converted and expanded to the Admiral Theater. They were covered by curtains when the theater was twinned in 1973 and uncovered as part of the theater’s recent renovation to four screens.

The Historic Admiral Theater became an official Seattle landmark in 1989, following a campaign led by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

For more information about Timothy Brock, click here to see his website.

MEDIA REPRESENTTIVES: To arrange an advance interview with Timothy Brock, Dave Beck and/or Berlena Brock, contact Clay Eals of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society by calling 206-484-8008 or by e-mailing him here.

 

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