The Dreamland Studio Theater ~ Tickets: $40 ~ available online and at Box Office – includes wine and cheese reception immediately following the performance at the Preservation Institute.
Concert only $20 adults, $15 children and seniors – NCMC students come in free with an adult purchase!
When news spread of the fire devastating the new Nantucket Community Music Center building, the Dreamland, a fellow arts non-profit so newly housed in their South Water Street location, felt compelled to assist and began lining up benefits to aid the recovery efforts. The first of these events will be a screening of the silent documentary film “Nanook of the North” with a live score written and performed by the Sumner McKane Group, a modern instrumental trio including drummer Todd the Rocket Richard, a graduate of Nantucket High School and former teacher at NCMC.
Filmed in 1922, “Nanook of the North” is the first anthropological documentary film ever made and profiles the life of the Inuit people (known to many as Eskimos), residents of the Northern Hemisphere living closest to the Arctic Circle. The 80-minute film follows a family, led by patriarch Nanook, through their travels and travails enduring an Arctic winter. At the time of this filming, there were less than 300 of these nomadic people braving unthinkable conditions.
The live score, composed for the entire 80-minute run time of the film, is a meticulously assembled work spanning moods, genres, and sonic environments. With an instrumentation of electric guitar, electric bass and drums, the band plays on the stark nature of the winter landscape by conjuring icy themes to contrast with the simple elements of Inuit life.
Melissa Murphy, the Dreamland’s executive director, commented, “The Nantucket Community Music Center has been an integral part of the arts community on Nantucket since 1975. It was heartbreaking to learn of the fire. We felt that this unique presentation of a silent film with live accompaniment would be the perfect opportunity to serve as a fundraiser for the community to show its support and provide some modest financial help for NCMC. We are so pleased to have partnered with The Sumner McKane Group to bring islanders a unique movie-going experience for such an important cause.”
Advance tickets to this special benefit on March 23rd at 6:30 PM will be available online on the Dreamland’s website as well as at the box office, and are $40. Ticket price includes a wine and cheese reception with the musicians after the film along with members of NCMC. Additional donations to support NCMC’s efforts may be made at that time.
About The Sumner McKane Group
The Sumner McKane Group, a Maine-based instrumental music trio, is guitarist Sumner McKane, bassist Josh Robbins and drummer Todd the Rocket Richard.
Sumner McKane’s music has been a darling of NPR’s “Echoes” program and has been featured in countless episodes and podcasts, including 3 CDs in the “Echoes” Top 200 CDs of all time. Host John Diliberto has said of the music, “McKane’s landscapes are tinged in ambient atmospheres and pulled by an undertow of psychedelia that makes them some of the most unassumingly mind-bending music of the decade… Sumner manages to touch the nostalgic, wistful side of us, without being remotely quaint…”
Recently, he has been touring New England with bassist Robbins, performing “In the Blood,” his documentary film about turn-of-the-century Maine loggers, which he wrote, directed and composed the score. This project, the recipient of both Maine Humanities and Maine Arts Council Grants, has been shown on Maine Public Broadcasting TV and is available on DVD.
About the Nantucket Community Music Center:
Founded in 1975, the Nantucket Community Music Center enriches the cultural life of the island by fostering and supporting music education and performance opportunities for young people and adults. Visit their website at www.nantucketcommunitymusiccenter.org
About Dreamland Film and Performing Arts Center:
Much more than just a movie theater, the Dreamland presents year-round films, educational programs and world-class entertainment while providing a venue for community activities. The Dreamland is located downtown at 17 South Water Street, Nantucket.
Visit their website at www.nantucketdreamland.org.
A Preview Trailer for “Nanook of the North:”
Listen to the album “Nanook:”