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Hear Columbus Composer Ching-chu Hu’s New Score for Iconic Chaplin Film, Thursday on Classical 101

black-and-white still photo of Charlie Chaplin as the Little Tramp and sitting on a snowy landscape in The Gold Rush
Charlie Chaplin as the Little Tramp in his 1925 silent film, "The Gold Rush"

There might not be a lot of chatter in Charlie Chaplin’s films, but there’s certainly a lot of chatter about them—at least in this neck of the woods. Thursday morning, some of that Chaplin chatter will be on Classical 101. 

Tune in to Classical 101 at 11:30 a.m. Thursday to hear selections from the world-premiere performance of Denison University faculty composer Ching-chuHu’s brand-new score for classic Chaplin film "The Gold Rush."

You’ll also enjoy a live conversation with Hu about the exciting commission that led him to compose new music for the film, and you’ll get the skinny on the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Hu’s score, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at Newark’s Midland Theatre.

"The Gold Rush" was an undeniable success for Chaplin and also one of the highest-grossing films of the silent-film era. Chaplin's comedic genius reaches its pinnacle in what has come to be regarded as a classic portrayal of his "Little Tramp" persona.

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Jennifer Hambrick unites her extensive backgrounds in the arts and media and her deep roots in Columbus to bring inspiring music to central Ohio as Classical 101’s midday host. Jennifer performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago before earning a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.