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Review: Bach Choir faces challenge to provide film soundtrack

Creating good soundtracks is a challenging task.

So, Thomas Wesley Douglas might have been creating a too-demanding task for himself when he attempted to provide a soundtrack for the 1925 “Phantom of the Opera” using bits of operatic repertoire. That is what he is doing in concerts that opened Halloween afternoon at the Regent Square Theater, Edgewood, and will continue there Saturday and Sunday.

The problem is: The film interferes with the work of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh. while the singers get in the way of the movie.

Seldom do the selections provide the kind of musical support a good soundtrack should. Kathryn Copeland’s work from Charles Gounod’s “Faust” was a close match for the operatic debut of the story’s Christine, but such moments were rare.

Douglas should get some credit for his creative effort. The debut on Halloween seemed fitting. But the creepiness might fade a little next weekend.

Additional performances are at 2 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday at the Regent Square Theater. Admission: $25. Details: 412-241-4044 or www.bachchoirpittsburgh.org .


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