The Al Whittle Theatre was a-buzz at 2 p.m on Saturday afternoon, April 16, when the Acadia Cinema Cooperative Ltd.’s (ACC) anchor tenant, the Fundy Film Society (FFS), presented the “official opener” of the Coop’s year-long “100 Years of Stage & Screen“ celebration (1911–2011). In a Pay-What-You-Can to help “Sink the ACC Mortgage admission, audiences were absolutely delighted with gifted local musician Krissy Keech’s appropriate live keyboard accompaniment for the award-winning silent film classic The General, starring Buster Keaton (1926).
A native of Grand-Pré, Krissy holds degrees in piano performance from Acadia University (BM) and McGill University (MMus). She is working on her PhD from McGill in Music Education and also teaches piano in her Halifax home-studio. As an accompanist she has worked with the Canadian Chamber Choir at Suase, the Nova Scotia Youth Chamber Choir, the Acadia Youth Choir and the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir. A self-taught jazzer, Keech believes in the importance of musical development through improvisation and composition, but “playing for a silent film was a whole new experience,” she said. Krissy awed the audience with her non-stop accompaniment of well-chosen and original music for the full hour and twenty minutes. In a brief Q & A after her performance Krissy said she was thrilled to have been asked to participate and found the preparation and the performance both challenging and very rewarding.
With the theatre site’s Centenary Celebration the Acadia Cinema Coop is pleased that certain events, as well Centennial Souvenir Sales, will directly support the three-year plan to ”Sink The Mortgage” by the end of 2011.