Chaplin’s Smile: A Musical Tribute to Charlie Chaplin

Feb 28th • 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm • Irvine Barclay Theatre

Philippe Quint, violin

It’s not well known that Charlie Chaplin, the unmistakable and endearing character in his bowler hat and mustache, composed almost all of the music in his films. He called himself “a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow…” and he said he wanted everything to be “a contradiction: the pants baggy, the coat tight, the hat small and the shoes large…”

Those contradictions appear in his music, too, and the effect is of a sweetness streaked with melancholy. Philippe Quint’s newest project is a lovingly chosen collection of eleven of Chaplin’s love songs, arranged for piano and violin. Quint was thrilled to discover these pieces; his uncanny understanding of each piece makes it so every song is bursting with the hilarity and heartbreak that Chaplin brought so touchingly to the big screen.

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