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Live film score celebrates silent movie star Josephine Baker: Student tickets $5

On Wednesday, September 14, at 7 p.m., at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, Dranoff 2 Piano will present a live two-piano performance of top black jazz composers with the screening of the 1927 silent classic “Siren of the Tropics,” starring one of America’s most successful Black artists of international stages and screens, Josephine Baker.

Miami‘s jazz piano duo, Angel Perez and Devin Shaw, will present their new jazz score for “Siren of the Tropics,” featuring works by Scott Joplin, Duke Ellington, Hazel Scott, Billy Strayhorn, Dizzy Gillespie, and Nina Simone on two Steinway concert grands.

Image: 1940 By Studio Harcourt, Public Domain

Josephine Baker was born Freda Josephine McDonald in 1906 and became a world-renown dancer, singer and actress. Her career was centered primarily in Europe, mostly in her adopted France, where she was the first Black woman to star in a major motion picture, the 1927 silent film “Siren of the Tropics.” 

A limited number of $5 student tickets will be available at the box office (all student IDs will be accepted as proof). Go get yours today! General admission is $50 and includes a reception with food and drinks at 6 p.m., film screening and concert at 7 p.m.

The 86-minute film will be followed by a panel discussion with local leaders in film, music, and dance on historical representation of black artists in the performing arts. One of the questions being asked is, “Can we continue to accept and present these works as great art in the context of today’s culture and audiences?”

For more information, call 786-385-9689 or visit gablescinema.com. See the film at Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. 

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