Recent VCHS grad writes score for silent film

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| Recent VCHS grad writes score for silent film

It may be a first — and a significant one — for a recent graduate of Vacaville Christian High School.

Evan Losoya, a member of the class of 2017, composed an engaging piece of music for the graduation at Falcon Field, a seamless tune that mixed old-timey jazz, forays into ethereal electronic sounds, and phrases that recalled the pioneer minimalism of Steve Reich and Phillip Glass.

It was a remarkable work for a teenager who has not only already shown signs of artistic maturity but also has clearly dedicated himself to his artistry and will continue to do so in college this fall.

But his latest evidence is the score that will accompany the world premiere of German director F.W. Murnau’s “Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans” to music performed by VCS Radio Symphony. After weeks of rehearsals, three screening dates are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at Brenden Theatres in Vacaville.

Tickets are $25 each, available online at or at the theater box office, 531 Davis St.

The pending performances continue a long-standing tradition by the symphony, led by Ralph Martin, director of the VCS Radio Conservatory of the Arts, of live musical accompaniment as a film unspools on a silver screen. In previous years, he directed the largely student orchestra (a few adults are members, too) in live-score performances of other silent and animated films, among them “Modern Times,” “The Thief of Baghdad,” “Metropolis,” “Peter Pan,” “Wings” and “The Adventures of Prince Achmed.”

In a press release, Martin wrote that “Sunrise” represents “the pinnacle of achievement in the silent film era,” a movie regarded by many critics as one of the best films ever made. Released in 1927, it tells the epic tale of a man’s struggle with temptation, and redemption through love, he noted.

In brief, a farmer (George O’Brien), bored with his wife (Janet Gaynor), their baby and the dullness of farm life, falls under the spell of a sexy city girl (Margaret Livingston). She convinces him to drown his wife so they can escape together. When his wife becomes wary of his plan and runs away to the city, the farmer pursues her and slowly regains her trust as the two rekindle their love for one another.

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