Fortuna Concert Series takes December off; starts up in January with silent film

The Fortuna Concert Series finished off 2011 with a brilliant performance of flamenco guitarist Chris Burton Jácome on Nov. 12, but the season continues into the new year with a break in December. Coming up on Saturday, Jan. 14, The Pastime Silent Movie Orchestra will present an evening of silent cinema, performing an original arrangement to Buster Keaton's "The Cameraman," a feature film of 1928.

Musicians include Allan Lesser-violin, Franklin Stover-clarinet, Jimmy Durchslag-trombone, and Dana Christen-piano. The Pastimers will provide a dramatically charged musical backdrop for Keaton's classic, made in the midst of the jazz age. Franklin Stover compiled authentic period music for each scene and created a score for this unique instrumental combination.

The Pastimers last regaled the Concert Series audience in May of 2009, and for the past few years, they have performed at the Redwood Coast Jazz Festival in Eureka.

Tickets are available at Green's Fortuna Pharmacy (Fortuna), Fortuna Music Mart (Fortuna and Eureka), Becker's Insurance (Ferndale), Berliner's Cornucopia (Eureka) and at the door. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. For details, call 682-6092.

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An publicity still from Buster Keaton's "The Cameraman."