The Allentown Band presents “The Mark of Zorro”
Saturday, October 29, 2022, 7:30 pm
The film is the landmark 1920 silent film "The Mark of Zorro" featuring Douglas Fairbanks.
The Allentown Band will be performing an original score by Allentown Band Principal Clarinetist Steve Reisteter from the pit as the film is projected on the giant screen in Miller Symphony Hall, just as it was presented in America's great movie palaces a century ago.
A note from Steve Reisteter:
Hi! I’d like to share with you some exciting news (for me, at least.)
On October 29, 2022 (Aviana Reynard’s birthday) the Allentown Band will accompany the 1920 silent film “The Mark Of Zorro” projected on a big screen at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown. What makes this especially exciting for me is that I composed the score for the movie. The Band will be conducted by Ronny Demkee and he’s the one that I have to thank for giving me this amazing composing opportunity.
This will be the fourth silent film that the Allentown Band has accompanied “live.” The first two, “The Phantom Of The Opera” and Buster Keaton’s “The General,” were accompanied by pre-existing music that the Band had in its library. Starting with the third film, “Nosferatu” presented in 2019, I began composing original scores for the films.
While “Nosferatu” was nightmarish and disturbing,”The Mark Of Zorro” is a lot of fun! I grew up watching reruns of Disney’s “Zorro” and that show was always a favorite of mine. “The Mark Of Zorro” is a lot more action-packed than the Disney version and its star, Douglas Fairbanks, was like the Jackie Chan of his day. He did all of his own stunts. These maneuvers include riding horses, climbing up and then jumping off of buildings, jumping through windows, swinging on ropes, sword fighting and lots more. That guy was amazing!
I wrote the score for “The Mark Of Zorro” in a few weeks during the Spring of 2020. The film was supposed to be presented in October of that year but COVID-19 put a stop to that. Thankfully (after far too many deaths) we seem to be able to handle the virus so much better now than back then!
I had such a fun time composing for this film! The score lasts around one hour and forty-three minutes (!) and the music only stops at the intermission and (needless to say) at the end of the film. I could hardly wait to hear the Allentown Band to play it!
The film is a real treat and it’s appropriate for all ages. Your kids and grandkids will get a big kick out of it. While there’s a lot of swordplay, the film contains no deaths. At the end of the movie the bad guys get punished and the two leads fall in love. It’s a feel-good experience!
So, if you’re in the Lehigh Valley on October 29, 2022 (Aviana Reynard’s birthday), please consider coming to Miller Symphony Hall (23 N. Sixth St in Allentown) at 7:30 PM. Lehigh Marching 97 students: let’s hope that you have a home game that day!
Thanks for your time and enjoy the beautiful weather!