The University Record, October 24, 1994

Coming to Michigan Theater: Horror classic Nosferatu

By Bernie DeGroat
News and Information Services

International film-music scholar Gillian B. Anderson will conduct the orchestral score to Nosferatu, F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent horror-film classic, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 29) at the Michigan Theater.

The first movie based on Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, the film will feature Hans Erdmann’s musical score restored by Anderson and performed live by the Michigan Symphonieta.

Anderson, music librarian at the Library of Congress, also will discuss the musical score in a free public talk at noon Friday (Oct. 28) in Room 1008, Frieze Building.

“F.W. Murnau is still considered one of the geniuses of the silent-film era and many consider Nosferatu the best treatment of the Dracula figure ever, as well as one of the most stylish and impressive horror films ever made,” says Ira Konigsberg, director of the Program in Film and Video Studies.

“With Gillian Anderson conducting the original score, audiences will witness and hear the film as it was originally produced 72 years ago.”

This is the fourth year that Anderson and the Michigan Symphonieta have appeared at the Michigan Theater, previously accompanying Douglas Fairbank’s Thief of Baghdad, and D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance and Way Down East.

Tickets for Nosferatu, $19.50 and $14, are available at Schoolkids Records and TicketMaster outlets; or by calling the Michigan Theater’s 24-hour phone line, 668-8463. For information on Anderson’s talk, call 764-0147.