PipeSounds to present score to silent film

Bernie Anderson Anderson

The Putnam Herald

February 19, 2016


HURRICANE - You could say the term "silent movie" is a misnomer. While these earliest cinematic achievements lacked dialogue, they were nearly always accompanied by a lively musical score that helped to tell the story and emphasize the emotions of the silent actors.

You can experience this historic artistic expression when renowned organist Bernie Anderson performs the music for the American classic silent movie, "My Best Girl," starring Mary Pickford, at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 11, at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church, 2848 Putnam Ave. in Hurricane.

Admission is $10 for adults; children are free

'My Best Girl'
Anderson has performed as a silent film organist/composer and concert artist for over 18 years. He graduated with a bachelor of music degree in composition from Montclair State University in New Jersey and earned his MFA at New York University, Tirsch School of the Arts graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.

Anderson has performed at Radio City Music Hall, the Museum of Modern Art, the AFI Silver Theatre and Capitolfest at the Capitol Theatre in Rome and New York and at the Colonial Theatre in Pennsylvania.

"My Best Girl," filmed in 1927, stars Mary Pickford, legendary silent film actress known as "America's Sweetheart," and Charles "Buddy" Rogers. Pickford (Maggie Johnson) and Rogers (Joe Merrill) work together in a 5- and 10-cent store and they fall in love. Problems evolve when Merrill's mother announces plans for her son to marry a high society girl.

"PipeSounds, with the Putnam County Bank, sponsoring the event, is excited to have the opportunity to host Mr. Anderson to perform on the world-class Harrah Symphonic Organ in Hurricane, West Virginia," Karen Lilly said in a news release.

There will be a reception following the performance. For more information or directions, see www.pipesounds.org or call the church office, 304-562-5903.