Berklee’s Got Bite


Count Orlok must be rolling in his coffin: This summer, it was announced that 1922 horror classic Nosferatu was next in line to receive a likely redundant remake. But Bostonians can catch the original ur-vampire flick—complete with a spankin’-new score—when Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror hits Symphony Hall on Oct. 30. Marking the first time the Boston Pops have accompanied a feature-length silent film, the performance features music composed by eight students in Berklee’s Scoring Silent Films course. “The goal of the score is that the audience will not know where one person’s reel ends and another person’s begins,” says professor Sheldon Mirowitz, who teaches the course and leads the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra. It’s their 10th and most ambitious silent film project, one that taps instruments little seen at Symphony Hall, like a theremin and a Moog System 55 Modular Synthesizer, for a landmark collaboration. “We’re going to have one of the greatest orchestras in the world performing our music,” Mirowitz says. “We’ve graduated to a whole different level of awesomeness.”

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror starts at 8 pm on Oct. 30 at Symphony Hall, 301 Mass. Ave., Boston. Tickets are $37-$47 at

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