Automated band steals the show in DuBois

DuBois, Clearfield County, Pa. - A special showing of a Halloween silent movie classic has come to DuBois. However, this showing of Nosferatu at the Reitz theatre isn't so silent. The movie is accompanied by music written and composed by Kurt Coble who grew up in Elk County. 

The sound of his ten piece band fills the stage of the Reitz theatre, but there isn't a musician in sight. 
Instead all of the instruments are automated. "They're on display just as much as the movie is," explains board President, Debbie Wirths.

Coble is the man behind the music.  He started playing the violin while growing up in Weedville, Elk County. 

"I wouldn't say i was that serious about it, i just did it for fun," recalls Coble. 

However, his passion morphed into a career. He's been playing in the orchestra on Broadway for the last 25 years. The last 20 spent on the long running production, Phantom of the Opera. 

Coble say his automated symphony is where his creativity shines. He wired all ten pieces to play in unison. 
"It sends digital information to each one of the circuit boards," says Coble as he controls it from the audio board. It took him hours to set up the stage. 

Each instrument has it's own unique sound and background.  The violin was his grandmothers and a part of a long running legend in their family. 

"There was a family legend that my grandmother owned a Stradivarius violin. And it would be given to any one of the children that could play well enough to play it," recalls Coble.  

The technology allows coble to compose music humans cannot physically recreate."I can do very sophisticated and very complex rhythmic patterns. If i noted that and put it in front of musicians they would just get up and walk out," laughs Coble. 

He's performed for audiences across the globe. However, having a venue close to home makes it special, says Coble, "the reason why i'm here in DuBois is this theater. I love this theater."" 

The Reitz believes this is an idea that could attract audiences of all genres and ages."It is absolutely amazing and people just need to come and see the work and effort he put into all of this," adds Wirths. 

The show will run Monday and Tuesday night, both starting at 7:30 p.m. For more information please call the Box office at (814) 375-4742.


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