One of Southeast Portland’s own, cellist Gideon Freudmann enjoys an international reputation for innovative compositions and style of playing. Inspired by the best of classical, modern, jazz, and blues his music is accessible and detailed in its nuance, its sense of humor and complexity. This month he contributes a vivid soundtrack to Buster Keaton’s epic silent film The General, partly filmed in Cottage Grove way back in 1926.

 

Portland cellist Gideon Freudmann turns TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont St., into a silent movie theatre with his orchestra pit accompaniment of Buster Keaton’s epic and amazing film spectacle, The General. Freudmann’s electric cello score is truly distinctive, capturing the energy and poignancy of this Civil War comedy. A one time performance is Sat. Dec. 8 at 7:30 pm and tickets are sliding scale $8 – $12. All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Keaton considered The General one of his best movies. Dangerous physical stunts were part of many of his films and The General is no exception. He jumps from the engine to a tender to a boxcar, rides the cow-catcher of the train while holding a railroad tie, he runs along the train car roof and sits on the coupling rods. The climax of the film was filmed in the forest around Cottage Grove, Oregon and is known as one of the most expensive moments in silent movie history and not because 500 extras from the Oregon National Guard dressed up in Union uniforms and were filmed going left-to-right before changing into Confederate uniforms and being filmed going right-to-left.

This is a unique way for the family to celebrate together and see a classic considered by the National Film Registry as one of the greatest films of all time.

Find out more at www. taborspace.org 503.238.3904.

Gideon’s website is www.cellobop.com.