Silent movie background music to be performed by blind musicians

A talented orchestra of blind and visually impaired musicians will debut a vibrant new musical score to The Great Train Robbery, the iconic silent movie, as the highlight of Music Under the Stars, a fundraiser sponsored by Miami Lighthouse for the Blind on Wednesday, May 16, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The annual event will take place at the Miami Lighthouse campus located at 601 SW Eighth Ave.

The gifted musicians — all students and instructors of Miami Lighthouse’s Music program — will perform live, while The Great Train Robbery is shown on a giant movie screen. The dramatic new musical score was written by Miami Lighthouse instructor Oman Pedreira.

The historic black-and-white silent film was shot originally in 1903 and was based on an actual train robbery perpetrated by famed bandit Butch Cassidy. At 12 minutes, The Great Train Robbery is considered to be the first American action film and Western film, and was selected for preservation in the U.S. Film Registry of the Library of Congress.

Emceed by Olga Villaverde, anchor of Lifetime TV’s The Balancing Act, the event will recognize Trish and Dan Bell, Lee R. Stern of Medegy Health Systems and the Miami-Dade County Legislative Delegation.

Music Under the Stars will feature a cornucopia of culinary delights, prepared by popular restaurant sponsors, including Seasons 52, Mario the Baker, Sports Grill, The Big Cheese, Perricone’s Marketplace, Brazilian Grill, El Carajo and others.

The $75 per person ticket donation supports the Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program, a statewide initiative that provides free eye care and prescription glasses to underserved students throughout Florida, and is administered by Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired.


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