BATAVIA – The Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series will present a musical time machine operated by The Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra accompanying holiday-themed silent films at 8 p.m. Dec. 14 in Batavia.
Peacherine, called “the premiere American ragtime ensemble” by The Washington Post, will play the original orchestral scores alongside Buster Keaton in "The Frozen North" (1922), Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in "Big Business" (1929) and the first film adaptations of "A Christmas Carol" and "The Night Before Christmas."
Between the films, director Andrew Greene and Peacherine play the rollicking rhythms of the early 20th century, featuring favorites by such composers as Scott Joplin and Irving Berlin, a news release stated. The program includes an audience sing-along of holiday classics, and a trombone parody of the "Hallelujah Chorus."
The ensemble has appeared at leading venues including The Kennedy Center and Library of Congress. Greene has the distinction of rebuilding the original compiled scores for Buster Keaton’s "The General" and Charlie Chaplin’s "Shoulder Arms" and other movies from the orchestra's collection of 500 original film scores.
Fermilab's Ramsey Auditorium is off Kirk Road and Pine Street. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $13 for ages 18 and younger. For information, visit shawurl.com/3c3n or call 630-840-ARTS (2787). Visit events.fnal.gov to see the full lineup of events.