Buster Keaton in “The General.” IMAGE COURTESY OF THE GRAND

Orchestra to accompany Buster Keaton silent classic.



ELLSWORTH — TEMPO, The Eastern Maine Pops Orchestra for Young Musicians, will present an encore of its performance of an original score by Rebecca Edmondson as accompaniment to Buster Keaton’s classic comedic silent film “The General” at The Grand on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m.

TEMPO first performed the original score in synch with Keaton’s comedic take on the Civil War in 2014. The orchestra is conducted by Rebecca Edmondson and Ethan Edmondson, with an all-age collection of local musicians from central and Downeast Maine, some traveling from as far away as Hermon and Benedicta.

The film stars Keaton as Johnny Gray, a Southern railroad engineer who loves his train engine, The General, almost as much as he loves Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack). When Northern spies steal The General and, unwittingly, Annabelle, the story switches from drama and romance to adventure mixed with Keaton’s trademark deadpan humor as he uses every means possible to catch up to The General, thwart the Yankees and rescue his darling Annabelle.

General admission tickets cost $15 for adults/seniors and $10 for students 15 or under. Call 667-9500 or visit www.grandonline.org. Follow The Grand on Facebook.

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