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Rare silent films from the Library of Congress inspire new works at the UMD School of Music.

Tue, Feb 16, 2016

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The Library of Congress has partnered with Music and Film at Maryland, a new concert series from the University of Maryland School of Music. Through this partnership, Music and Film students will create and premiere new music for silent films in the Library of Congress’ private collection. Footage of the Music and Film concerts will reach an international audience as highlighted content on the Library of Congress website.

“It’s incredible that our students will enliven these rare silent films with their own compositions,” says clarinet professor Robert DiLutis. “It will also be exciting to see their talents showcased internationally through the Library’s website.”                                                                                                

DiLutis developed Music and Film last year to give School of Music students more opportunities to compose and perform new works. Students also learn new and historical methods of silent film accompaniment by working with guest artists who specialize in film score performance.

For the graduate wind quintet Potomac Winds, Music and Film provided a first experience at collectively developing and fulfilling their own artistic vision.

Music and Film was a true exercise in teamwork and artistic visioning,” says Potomac Winds clarinetist Joseph Beverly. “We look forward to applying what we’ve learned when developing concerts for UMD and the surrounding community.”

Programs such as Music and Film enrich the School of Music’s curriculum, which emphasizes collaboration and encourages fearless creativity.

“The skills that we teach through Music and Film will hopefully inspire our students to develop their own professional opportunities,” says DiLutis. "We hope to give them an entrepreneurial edge that’s essential for a diverse and fulfilling career.”

The University of Maryland School of Music is dedicated to offering undergraduate and graduate musicians conservatory training, while emphasizing the importance of the combined scholar, performer, educator, and arts advocate in the 21st century. These musicians, in turn, contribute vitally to the enrichment of the present culture, the preservation of our artistic heritage, and to the stimulation of new creative expression for the future.