Nosferatu - Silent Horror Film

City of Gaithersburg Presents

Nosferatu - Silent Horror Film

Live Musical Accompaniment by Andrew Earle Simpson, Introduced by Arch Campbell

Fri · October 26, 2018

6:00 pm

$5.00 - $12.00

This event is 12 and over

A Halloween tradition, this 1922 silent adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula is regarded as one of the most terrifying horror films of all time. Arch Campbell introduces this gothic tale that started cinema's love affair with vampires as Andrew E. Simpson, one of America's foremost silent film musicians, provides live piano accompaniment.

Andrew E. Simpson is Resident Film Accompanist for the National Gallery of Art and his silent film scores have been broadcast on the Turner Classic Movies more.

Beer tasting at 6 p.m. includes samples + 1 full pour. Must be 21 to purchase alcohol. Film at 7:30 p.m.

Advance: $5 Film • $10 Film+Beer Tasting

Day of Event: $8 Film • $12 Film+Beer Tasting 

Nosferatu - Silent Horror Film
Nosferatu - Silent Horror Film
Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (translated as Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror; or simply Nosferatu) is a 1922 German Expressionist horror film, directed by F. W. Murnau, starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok. The film, shot in 1921 and released in 1922, was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897). Various names and other details were changed from the novel: for instance, "vampire" became "Nosferatu" and "Count Dracula" became "Count Orlok".

Stoker's heirs sued over the adaptation, and a court ruling ordered that all copies of the film be destroyed. However, a few prints of Nosferatu survived, and the film came to be regarded as an influential masterpiece of cinema.

The film was released in the United States on 3 June 1929, seven years after its original premiere in Germany.

Live Musical Accompaniment by Andrew Earle Simpson
Live Musical Accompaniment by Andrew Earle Simpson
Andrew Earle Simpson is an acclaimed composer, pianist, organist, and conductor who seeks organic connections between music and other disciplines. A composer of opera, silent film, orchestral, chamber, choral, dance, and vocal music, his musical works make multi-faceted, intimate connections with literature, visual art, and film, reflecting his own interest in linking music with the wider world, an approach which he calls “humanistic music.”

As one of America’s foremost silent film musicians, Simpson specializes in silent film accompaniment, and has performed and conducted his solo, chamber, and orchestral film scores across the United States, Europe, and South America. He is Resident Film Accompanist at the National Gallery of Art and regularly featured accompanist at the Library of Congress’ Mt. Pony Theater in Culpeper, VA.

Simpson’s chamber, choral, and silent film music has been recorded on Naxos, Albany, Fleur de Son Classics, Capstone, Athena, and other labels. His silent film scores have been broadcast on the Turner Classic Movies Channel, and many of his silent film piano and chamber scores are available on DVD through Kino-Lorber, Flicker Alley, Olive Films, and All Day Entertainment.

Andrew Simpson is Ordinary (Full) Professor of Music at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

For more information, works lists, and recordings, visit
Introduced by Arch Campbell
Introduced by Arch Campbell
Arch Campbell has reported on movies, theatre and entertainment in Washington, DC and nationally since the 1970s. The Washington Post calls him a "local legend." His career includes 32 years at NBC and NBC4 television, as well as eight years with WJLA-TV News and sister station News Channel 8. His movie and entertainment reports continue as co-host of "At the Movies with Arch and Ann," a weekly podcast with Washington Post lead film critic Ann Hornaday.

Campbell moved to DC from his native Texas in 1974, joining NBC-owned WRC-TV News as a feature reporter. He went on to create that station’s entertainment beat, hosting twice-daily segments on the local news. NBC syndicated Arch’s movie reviews nationally. From 1985-1990, he hosted The Arch Campbell Show, a late night comedy forum and ratings hit which won more than a dozen EMMY awards.

In 2007, Arch brought his movie and theater reviews to ABC-7 News. He created The Arch Campbell Show for News Channel 8, a comedy entertainment show which grew into the channel's most watched program.

In 2015, Washingtonian Magazine named him a "Washingtonian of the Year" as one of the city's leading arts advocates. He has won eight EMMY awards. The National Capitol Radio TV Museum honored him with the Ed Walker Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

Arch supports several Washington, DC charities including the Avalon Theatre, Sibley Hospital and the Community Foundation for Greater Washington. A Colon Cancer survivor, he mentors patients going through treatment and advocates for colonoscopies. He and his wife Gina sponsor the Jean Longwith Scholarship Fund at San Antonio College in his home town. Arch graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor's degree in Radio/TV/Film and a Master's degree in Journalism.
Venue Information:
Arts Barn
311 Kent Square Road
Gaithersburg, MD, 20878