Ensemble 48: Nosferatu

 

Four stars

White River State Park; Oct. 31

Instead of the usual party or haunted hayride, I chose to spend my Halloween evening listening to Ensemble 48 improvise a score to the classic silent film Nosferatu. Outside at White River State Park, there were a few bonfires going, with hot apple cider and chili being made and people in some wonderfully creative costumes, and the atmosphere was pretty cool. Ensemble 48 was once again excellent in their endeavor to improvise a movie score. There were some balance issues, unfortunately, as they were mic-ed, and I heard too much cello throughout the show, and hardly any piano. I really enjoy the groove that Ensemble 48 can get into at times, and as I looked around and saw heads nodding and comments like “These guys are awesome!” I realized I wasn’t the only one. There were a few times that I felt transitions weren’t made smoothly, but this was made up for with the downright spooky music they had for every time Nosferatu’s ugly face was shown. This was a great way to spend Halloween — far better than bobbing for apples or checking out haunted houses.

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