Dracula, the Music and the Film with Philip Glass and the Philip Glass Ensemble

It's hard to improve on a classic, but Philip Glass does exactly that in Dracula, the Music and the Film. When it was released in 1931, Tod Browning's horror masterpiece had very few sound effects and no musical score at all. In 1998, Glass composed an original score for the film to mark its re-release to video. That was for the Kronos Quartet. Later he crafted a new arrangement of the score for his own ensemble which he leads in a live performance and screening today. Even without a musical backing, Bela Lugosi's performance as the blood-thirsty vampire was eerie enough to scare generations of fans; Glass's sweeping and dramatic music is sure to heighten the chill factor.

8 p.m. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713-227-4772 or visit spahouston.org. $40 to $85.
Fri., May 10, 8 p.m., 2013

 
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