CBSO to accompany the brilliance of Buster Keaton's silent comedy

The Great Stone Face: Buster Keaton

The Great Stone Face: Buster Keaton

First published in Music

THE comedy genius of Buster Keaton is being set to live orchestral music in Birmingham this weekend.

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's Friday Night Classics series of concerts at the Symphony Hall features the 1920s superstar's The General and The Play House.

A spokesman for the CBSO said: "Until you’ve heard a full symphony orchestra accompanying a film live, you haven’t experienced the ultimate in movie surround sound.

"Veteran movie maestro Carl Davis conducts the CBSO in a live soundtrack to one of the greatest film comedies of all time, Buster Keaton’s runaway-train classic The General."

"We have even got a ‘B’ feature too - The Play House."

Born Joseph Keaton in 1895 into a family who travelled the country performing in vaudeville theatre he got the name Buster when his father’s friend Harry Houdini saw him fall down some stairs as a baby.

He went on to become a star in silent movies having millions of fans across the world in the 1920s. His slapstick visual comedy is still seen as the high-watermark of physical comedy on film.

Orson Welles described The General as the greatest comedy ever made and is seen as the career high point of Keaton whose stoic expression earned him the nickname The Great Stone Face.

The concert starts at 7.30pm on Friday, May 9 at the Symphony Hall, for more information visit or phone 0121 345 0600.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree