Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times: The Tramp at 100

The New York Philharmonic

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Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times: The Tramp at 100


David Geffen Hall

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1 hour 30 minutes, no intermission

Date & Times


Sep, 2014

Friday, 8:00 PM


Sep, 2014

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

The beloved ballad “Smile (Though Your Heart Is Aching)” is one of the many joys of Charlie Chaplin’s immortal comedy classic. Enjoy it as never before when the full Philharmonic performs the complete score to Modern Times while the beautifully restored film is shown on a giant screen above the stage. Also: Kid Auto Races at Venice, the debut of Chaplin’s now-legendary Tramp character. Truly a magical night for all ages.

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Timothy Brock

Kid Auto Races at Venice



Modern Times


Timothy Brock


Timothy Brock



Conductor and composer Timothy Brock specializes in early 20th-century concert works and live performances of silent film. As a silent-film score conductor and preservationist, his leading work includes the restoration of Shostakovich’s only silent-film score, to New Babylon (1929); Satie’s dadaist score to Entr’acte (1924); and Antheil’s music for Ballet mécanique (1924). Since 1999 Mr. Brock has served as score preservationist for the Charles Chaplin family; to this day he is the foremost authority on the music of the actor/filmmaker, having made 12 live-performance revised and critical editions of all Chaplin’s major films, including City Lights, Modern Times, The Gold Rush, The Kid, and The Circus. At age 23 Mr. Brock began composing new scores for silent film with G.W. Pabst’s Pandora’s Box (1929), and has since written almost 30 orchestral scores for notable orchestras and institutions including the Orchestre National de Lyon, Cinémathèque Française, Wiener Konzerthaus, Cineteca di Bologna, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Teatro de la Zarzuela de Madrid, and the Cité de la Musique de Paris. The Chaplin family has commissioned Mr. Brock to write an original score to celebrate the centennial of Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914), the very first appearance of the “Gentleman Tramp” (often called The Little Tramp). In 2016 Mr. Brock will conduct the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra in the World Premiere of his long-awaited new score for Fritz Lang’s science-fiction epic Frau im Mond (1929), commissioned by the Wiener Konzerthaus. His concert works include three symphonies, three concertos, a cantata, two operas, and orchestral pieces. Timothy Brock is a regular guest of major orchestras worldwide, including the BBC, BBC Scottish, and Chicago symphony orchestras, Orchestre National de Lyon, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Orchestra della Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Brock has created a concert series of programs of Entartete Musik (“degenerate music,” by composers banned by the Third Reich), including works by Schulhoff, Schreker, Zemlinsky, Krása, Klein, and Haas. Mr. Brock gave the North American Premieres of Eisler’s Kleine Sinfonie, Niemandslied, and Kuhle Wampe; Schulhoff’s Symphony No. 2; and one of the first performances of Ullmann’s opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis, written from within the Terezin ghetto in 1944. Mr. Brock had also included his own string orchestral transcriptions of the string quartets of Haas.

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Alec Baldwin

Artistic Advisor

Alec Baldwin

Artistic Advisor


Artistic Advisor

Alec Baldwin (Artistic Advisor of The Art of the Score) is the Radio Host of the New York Philharmonic. Since 1980 Mr. Baldwin has appeared on stage, in films, and on television. He has received a Tony nomination (A Streetcar Named Desire, 1992) and an Oscar nomination (The Cooler, 2004), and has won three Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, and seven consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on NBC’s 30 Rock. His films include The Hunt for Red October, Glengarry Glen Ross, Malice, The Edge, It’s Complicated, Blue Jasmine, Still Alice, Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, and Boss Baby, among many others. Alec Baldwin earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1994, and received an honorary doctorate in 2010. He is co-chairman of the Board of the Hamptons International Film Festival. He is the author of three books: A Promise to Ourselves; his memoir, Nevertheless; and, with Kurt Andersen, You Can’t Spell America Without Me. He serves on numerous boards related to the arts, the environment, and progressive politics. Mr. Baldwin is married to author and fitness and wellness expert Hilaria Baldwin. They have four children, Carmen, Rafael, Leonardo, and Romeo, as well as his eldest, Ireland Baldwin. Alec Baldwin hosts ABC’s Match Game, the classic television game show; a portion of his proceeds are donated to charity.

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