Cecil B. DeMille's 1927 Movie "The King of Kings" with Live Organ Accompaniment
Trinity Episcopal Church in Easton Pennsylvania will show Cecil B. DeMille’s The King of Kings with improvised accompaniment by renowned organist, David Briggs, on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 7 p.m. Trinity Church is located in downtown Easton on 234 Spring Garden Street between Second and Third Streets. Donations greatly appreciated. This event is part of Trinity Episcopal Church in Easton’s year long bicentennial celebration.
The classic silent film, directed by Cecil B. DeMille focuses on the weeks leading up to Jesus’s crucifixion. It was part of DeMille’s biblical film trilogy including The Ten Commandments and The Sign of the Cross.
David Briggs, is artist–in-residence at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City. David Briggs is among the most important British exponents of the art of improvisation. His legendary skill delights audiences the world over and inspires a rising generation of organists to pursue the art. The ability to sustain improvisation for two hours as film accompaniment is a tradition that was the norm in the early days of cinema, but it is unusual today. “David Briggs’s technical skills and artistic ability makes this event different and popular with many” according to The Rev. Canon Andrew Gerns, rector at Trinity Episcopal Church. The New York Times states “Mr. Briggs is one of our finest organists and also a particularly good transcriber of orchestral works for his own instrument.”
Mr. Briggs film repertoire is large and growing. He has played accompaniment to dozens of films including
Lang’s Metropolis, Hitchcock’s The Lodger, and other films. He is a highly prolific composer.