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Dr. Caligari receives not-so silent treatment from two star symphony at UHCutting-Edge String Ensemble Provides Live Score for Classic Horror Film

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Art fans and horror buffs always have praised the silent classic “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” for its eerie Expressionist imagery. Thanks to Two Star Symphony, “Houston’s most unusual string ensemble,” audiences have something new to appreciate about the film.

The ensemble created an original, live score for “Dr. Caligari” (often cited as the first horror film) that has become popular among movie and music aficionados. At 8 p.m., Sept. 20, Two Star Symphony will perform these arrangements during the film’s screening in UH’s Jose Quintero Theatre in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts building.

Tickets are $15 and $10 for students. They can be purchased at the School of Theatre & Dance box office. For additional information, call 713-743-2929.

Released in 1919, “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” tells the story of a wicked sideshow maestro and a murderous sleepwalking zombie who terrorize a small German town.

Two Star Symphony consists of violinist Margaret Lejeune, viola player Jo Bird and violinist/percussionist Debra Brown. Mixing genres such as classical, hip hop, electronic, heavy metal and gypsy, Two Star Symphony has earned a devout following.

A previous performance of Two Star’s “Dr. Caligari” score was played to a sold-out crowd at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH). The ensemble also scored “24 Short Films from Unseen Cinema: Experimental Treasures” that was performed at MFAH.

In February 2008, Two Star Symphony will return to UH to perform a live score for the UH School of Theatre & Dance’s production of “The Good Woman of Setzuan.”

For more information on the School of Theatre, visit To learn more about Two Star Symphony, visit

WHAT: Screening of “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” featuring live score by Two Star Symphony
WHEN: 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20
WHERE: Jose Quintero Theatre at UH
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts buliding
Houston, TX 77204-4016
WHO: University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance, Two Star Symphony

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