Buster Keaton's The Goat
Event / Program Detail

February 16th, 2016 at Dallas City Performance Hall

2520 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201 (map it)

Silent film star Buster Keaton was a master of turning wrong-place-wrong-time situations into absolute hilarity, and perhaps nowhere is that more on display than in “The Goat”. Keaton’s character finds himself on a “wanted” poster just because he was standing near a photographer, and that’s just the beginning of his troubles in this 1921 classic. Now you can see the movie in all its glory at Dallas City Performance Hall with a new score by Jon Kull, whose film credits include “Avatar” and “The Hunger Games”. Before the movie starts, the Dallas Chamber Symphony will play works by Hindemith and Moravec to warm you up.

Richard McKay conducts

Pre-Event Wine Tasting Starts at 5:30 PM

Start your evening at City Cafe with a Sipping Symphony of new wines and heavy hor ‘douveres, 5:30 – 7:15 pm. Then make the short drive over to City Performance Hall for great music and film with the Dallas Chamber Symphony. Add Sipping Symphony to your ticket for $30/person, $25/subscriber. Packages start at $50/person.

Whether you want to add Sipping Symphony to tickets you already have, or want to buy tickets as part of a Sipping Symphony package, you need to click below to Order and/or RSVP before 3pm on February 14th. Sipping Symphony is a fun and optional extra for your evening!

Main Event at 8:00 PM

Paul Hindemith: Kammermusik No. 1

Sehr schnell und wild
Mäßig schnelle Halbe. Sehr streng im Rhythmus
Sehr langsam und mit Ausdruck – Ein wenig belebter – Wieder ruhig

Paul Moravec: Chamber Symphony

Slow, Singing, Rubato
Serene – Vivace!


Screening of The Goat, Starring Buster Keaton


Commissioned and Premiered by the Dallas Chamber Symphony.


Convenient parking for $5 is available across the street at One Arts Plaza.

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Reserved Seating: $19-49

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Tickets can be purchased at the box office in the lobby, which opens 90 minutes before the event start time. Cash and major credit cards are accepted.

What People Are Saying

  • "McKay and the musicians wove through the complex textures and often counter-intuitive wanderings of this score with admirable devotion and precision."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "...the Dallas Chamber Symphony and the Bruce Wood Dance Company...make an ideal cultural ambassador for the city to major urban centers in the United States and beyond."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "McKay and the musicians wove through the complex textures and often counter-intuitive wanderings of this score with admirable devotion and precision."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "Best Way to Watch A Silent Film 2014: ...they showed us that there’s nothing quite like watching a movie to the sound of a live orchestra."

    The Editor D Magazine
  • "The mostly young ensemble of two dozen strings responded with performances as eager and expressive as they were accomplished."

    Scott Cantrell The Dallas Morning News
  • "For this symphony the educational outreach is far-reaching."

    Teresa Frosini CBS 11 News
  • "…the orchestra here demonstrated a continually improving precision and comfort in a room that can be unforgiving. The Warlock Suite provided ample opportunity for McKay to show off a wonderful ability to evoke the special atmosphere, at once modern and archaic, that the composer created here."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "Renaissance harmonies abounded, tinged with just the right spice of 20th Century dissonance and bi-tonality. It was brought out at just the right level by McKay."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "The pointed intentionality of last night's programming, which initially looked like a musical mishmash, was to breathe new life into the old. And the structure of it was brilliant: 'Here's something you'll know. Here's something you should know. And here's something fun, so you leave feeling elated.'"

    Jamie Laughlin The Dallas Observer
  • "The Dallas Chamber Symphony is nothing if not ambitious."

    Katie Womack Dallas Observer
  • "This combination of old and new elements helped transport the audience to a different time and place without over-doing musical clichés."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "The audience was drawn into the film from the start, bursting into laughter and interacting with the story audibly."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "On Tuesday night, the Dallas Chamber Symphony proved they know exactly how to create a well-executed, interactive and entertaining live music/film screening experience."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "They have some incredible talent in their midst."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "There were a lot of excited whispers and shoulder grabs as people stood up to leave. I rarely see crowds so invigorated after classical productions."

    Jamie Laughlin The Dallas Observer
  • "If we want to keep classical music relevant, we need to fuse it naturally with our other passions. It should be an accompaniment to our lives, not just a fancy auditory meal gobbled up occasionally while wearing fine clothes. The Dallas Chamber Symphony is making that happen."

    Jamie Laughlin The Dallas Observer
  • "Shows like this reinforce that I'm on board; I'll see anything this group and its artistic director Richard McKay tries…"

    Jamie Laughlin The Dallas Observer
  • "Dallas Chamber Symphony has, along with the presentation of a fresh and widely varied repertoire of standard and non-standard works, carved a notable niche on the local scene…"

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "The orchestra and conductor McKay deserve hearty accolades for this ongoing silent cinema project, with hope that it will continue to enrich the local scene in upcoming seasons."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "McKay had a great sense for the tempo and character of the piece, which was clearly chosen to show off Takagi's technical and artistic skill."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "As they had been all night, phrases were beautifully shaped. Throughout the performance there was palpable emotion in the playing and ultimately that intangible -- artistic sensibility -- is what made this concert a success."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "The conductor’s long-term vision is precisely the kind of eclectic and occasionally challenging classical group Dallas really needs."

    Peter Simek D Magazine
  • "Everything from the first note was locked in rhythmic precision, and difficult passages were clear, focused, and musical..."

    John Norine TheaterJones
  • "The ensemble is extremely adroit in their presentation as well as programming."

    John Norine TheaterJones
Jon Kull, film composer

Jon Kull Dallas Chamber SymphonyJon Kull maintains a busy and diverse schedule covering many musical disciplines. As a film orchestrator he has amassed over 175 credits, working with many of the top composers in Hollywood on some of their biggest projects, including James Horner (Avatar, Troy, The New World), Elmer Bernstein (Twilight, The Deep End of the Ocean), Christopher Young (Spider-Man 3), Marco Beltrami (Hellboy, Fantastic Four) and James Newton Howard (King Kong, Maleficent). His recorded arrangements cover a wide variety of styles: classical, featuring Kathleen Battle and Christopher Parkening (Angels’ Glory); popular, with Neil Diamond (The Movie Album); and specialty ethnic works featured in multi-CD releases of Yiddish Theatre songs (including the crossover hit,“Bay mir bistu sheyn”) for the Milken Archive’s ambitious recording project dedicated to the preservation of American Jewish music. Jon is also experienced as a session conductor in every genre of music.

Jon’s composition credits include a large catalog of production music for a wide variety of genres and ensembles. His music is heard daily in theatrical trailers and network promos in the U.S. and worldwide, most notably in NBC’s “Must See TV” campaign. Kull has also written music for commercials, among them efforts for Neutrogena, J.C. Penney, Snapple, and Canon. His feature film original score credits include Lone Wolf, Retribution, Be Somebody, and festival favorite The Real Old Testament. He recently scored the live-action short Aquarium, which premiered atthe 2015 Slamdance Festival and was selected for the Cannes Short Film Corner. At present he is fine-tuning a stage musical, PLUG (working title), a collaboration with writer/comedian Steve Stajich. Jon is a graduate of the University of Colorado (BM, MM) and holds a certificate in Film Scoring from the University of Southern California.

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