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Weekend Reviews; Performance Review; Live Musical Accompaniment Drains 'Dracula' of Its Scariness
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Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Subjects: Classical music; Motion pictures; Musical performances -- Kronos Quartet
Author: Turan, Kenneth
Date: Nov 1, 1999
Start Page: 3
Section: Calendar; PART- F; Entertainment Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

For from low culture to high, from Anne Rice's novels to TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" to a new score by Philip Glass for [Tod] Browning's 75-minute gem, the count and his undead compatriots remain very much on our culture's collective mind.

Glass' score had its Los Angeles debut Saturday night in front of an enthusiastic Royce Hall crowd that included Carla Laemmle, the last surviving cast member of "Dracula" (she's the young girl in the coach scene that opens the film) and at least one woman dressed from head to toe like a fairy-tale witch.

How that idea will work in the marketplace, or even how Glass' music will work on video, are questions still to be answered. As a public event, however, the Royce concert, performed by Glass and the Kronos Quartet and conducted by Michael Riesman, was a distinct disappointment. At least, if you care about film as much as music.

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