Vintage silent films and live harp music?
What could be more fitting for Tinker Bell than a silvery glissando as she flies about the Darling nursery looking for Peter Pan’s shadow? Leslie McMichael premiered her original film score for the 1924 silent film gem “Peter Pan” in 2007 at Northwest Film Forum. A new harp score for Mary Pickford’s 1917 “A Little Princess” followed in 2011, then a harp and toy instrument score for the Baby Peggy feature “Captain January” debuted at Children’s Film Festival Seattle in 2013. Her harp and viola score for the 1916 "Snow White" premiered on opening night of the 2016 Festival.
SNOW WHITE, Sat., April 8, 10am, 2017, Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 4th Avenue North, Edmonds. Live performance of original score composed for the 1916 silent film, commissioned especially for the 2016 Seattle Children's Film Festival.
PETER PAN, Saturday, March 5, 10:00am, 2016, Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 4th Avenue North, Edmonds. Live performance of original score composed for the 1924 silent film, presented as part of Musicals are Golden: A Celebration of Classic Film.
SNOW WHITE, Thursday, January 21, 7:00pm, 2016, Seattle Children's Film Festival, Northwest Film Forum opening night, 1515 12th Avenue, Seattle. Premiere performance of original score commissioned especially for the 2016 festival.
CAPTAIN JANUARY, Saturday, December 12, 2:00pm, 2015, Olympic Room, Tacoma Main Library, 1102 Tacoma Avenue South, Tacoma. Live performance of original score for harp and toy animals brings to life the 1924 silent film starring Baby Peggy.
“A magical movie with stunning music by a mesmerizing performer. Thank you so much all you did to make this possible. It was great!”
Saratoga Film Forum, New York
"McMichael creates a soundscape that is both varied in texture and tone, alternating between the various sounds with cinematic panache. Her score shifts between a distinctly Irish rogue for Hook and his men, and Celtic soothsaying arpeggios for Peter, Wendy, and their families ... It’s hard to imagine what the more standard musical accompaniment would have been, now with the harp washing over all the sepia-toned images."
"Audience members of all ages were spellbound by the film and Leslie’s live music from beginning to end. At the end of the screening there was very enthusiastic applause—and I don’t know when I’ve seen so many wide smiles in our lobby after an event. This was really a treat.”
Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, Los Angeles
"Harpist Leslie McMichael's mesmerizing score for 'Peter Pan' captures the playful, winsome nature of the lead character and adds a delightful new dimension to this long-lost silent film classic."
Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma
"Leslie's score, though traditional in many ways and entirely faithful to the film, is filled with razzle-dazzle and a sly mischief that is the perfect complement to Peter Pan's onscreen antics.”
Northwest Film Forum, Seattle
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Silver Spring MD
Auburn Avenue Theatre, Auburn WA
Carnegie Center for Visual and Performing Arts, Covington KY
Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington NY
Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline MA
Cornell Cinema, Ithaca NY
Liberty Theatre, Astoria OR
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston TX
Northwest Film Forum, Seattle WA
Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City OK
Pickford Film Center, Bellingham WA
Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, Los Angeles CA
Tacoma Public Library, Tacoma WA
Vashon Theatre, Vashon Island WA
Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley WA