Interview With The Vampire: Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart talks Nosferatu and crashing a wedding with David Lee Roth

While there are a bevy of haunting happenings to take part in this holiday weekend, few are as inventively interesting as Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, a collaboration between the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and Berklee College of Music, taking place Friday night at Boston Symphony Hall. The classic 1922 F.W. Murnau German silent film is notorious for a number of things, one of them being the fact that the original score, composed by Hans Erdmann, has for the most part been lost. As a result, many different interpretations have been done in the ensuing years from a variety of artists and composers.

Friday, a group of eight Berklee students led by Berklee’s Scoring Silent Films professor Sheldon Mirowitz will reveal the score which with they’ve come up, led by Keith Lockhart. Vanyaland sat down with the Boston Pops conductor to talk about the project, the process and how it came about. We also got a bit of insight on what it’s like to work with David Lee Roth, as the Van Halen frontman performed with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra at the 2004 edition of the “Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.” They ended up crashing a wedding together.

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