Organist Scott Foppiano will provide musical accompaniment for the 1925 silent film "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ" in a PipeSounds concert Friday evening.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Say "Ben-Hur" and you're likely to conjure the 1959 version starring Charlton Heston. There was an earlier silent film version released in 1925, though: "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ." Starring Ramon Novarro, it was a blockbuster about the conflict between a charioteer and his boyhood friend who becomes a corrupt Roman tribune.Acclaimed organist Scott Foppiano will perform music for that film in a PipeSounds screening at 7 p.m. Friday at Forrest Burdette United Methodist Church, 2848 Putnam Ave., Hurricane. Foppiano has played and recorded on some of the greatest classical and theatre pipe organs in the United States, Canada and Europe. He has four CDs of solo organ music.A reception follows the performance. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for ages 5 and under. Visit www.pipesounds.org or call 304-562-5903.