The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Saint Ignatius Church on the Boston College Campus will be the location of a performance particularly relevant for our time. On Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 7:00 PM the presentation of the Epic Film THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE with an improvised musical score provided by international sound artist Peter Krasinski will not only commemorate the Centennial of World War One, it will be an event soon not forgotten by those that attend.
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is a 1921 American silent epic war film directed by Rex Ingram. Based on the Spanish novel by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, it was adapted for the screen by June Mathis. Often regarded as one of the first true anti-war films, it had a huge cultural impact and became the top-grossing film of 1921. The film turned then-little-known actor Rudolph Valentino into a superstar and associated him with the image of the Latin Lover. The film also inspired a tango craze . The film was masterminded by June Mathis, who, with its success, became one of the most powerful women in Hollywood at the time.
World War I - also known as the First World War, the Great War, or the War to End All Wars, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. More than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, were mobilized in one of the largest wars in history. Over nine million combatants and seven million civilians died as a result of the war (including the victims of a number of genocides), a casualty rate exacerbated by the belligerents' technological and industrial sophistication, and the tactical stalemate caused by grueling trench warfare. It was one of the deadliest conflicts in history, and paved the way for major political changes, including revolutions in many of the nations involved.
Peter Krasinski is broadly recognized as a motivating consultant for the pipe organ community, and as a conductor, organist, and music educator, whose imaginative and energetic performances elevate and inform diverse audiences. He consistently receives rave reviews about his performances. “Krasinski’s musicianship and command of the organ were matched by his intuition and keen sense of dramatic sensitivity”. “It was remarkable and seamless, and yes—no modern movie could out do it. In fact I go as far as to say it was live theater…It was as if Krasinski became one with the elements”. He specializes in the art of live silent film accompaniment, worldwide. Appearances include famous venues in the United Starts as well as major concert halls in Yokohama, Fukui, Miyazaki and Kanazawa, Japan. Mr. Krasinski has won numerous prizes in organ including First Prize in Improvisation in the American Guild of Organists National Competition.
Saturday, April 21 at 7:00pm
Saint Ignatius Church 28 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467