The Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest) will host an extraordinary evening of live music, film, food and cocktails at its annual Holiday Fundraiser featuring a special performance by Sones de México Ensemble.
The Latin GRAMMY-nominated Mexican folk sextet will perform its original live score to Sergei Eisenstein’s classic silent film “¡Que Viva Mexico!” on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave.
Mexican folk sextet Sones de México creates and performs a unique original score for the 1930s film “¡Que Viva Mexico!” Produced by Upton Sinclair, the 1931 film was shot by pioneer Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein and uses dramatic elements of surrealism and expressionism to document the history of Mexico’s peasant uprising and the Mexican Revolution of 1910 that inspired Russia’s own revolution in 1917. The scenes span different regions of Mexico including Oaxaca and Chiapas. Sones de México Ensemble will perform this film score live using regional folk music from those areas.
Live scoring programs, during which bands, orchestras and soloists perform a film’s music score live in front of the projected movie, have become a signature draw for CIMMfest, the annual four-day showcase celebrating the inseparable connection between music and movies. The World Premiere original score for Sergei Eisenstein’s “¡Que Viva Mexico!” by Sones de México Ensemble sold out two shows at the 7th annual CIMMfest last spring.
This is a rare opportunity for those who weren’t able to get into the live CIMMfest events to experience this highlight of the 2015 festival, or for those who were lucky enough to get in to enjoy it all over again.
An optional VIP pre-party with complimentary bar and hors d’œuvres precedes the showing, 5-7:30 p.m. in the Music Box Theatre lounge. Tickets, $15 and $100, are available now through Eventbrite.
For more information, visit CIMMfest.org.
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