Orchestra Victoria

Orchestra Victoria and Melbourne International Film Festival Present


A Symphony of Horror

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A silent film as it was meant to be heard!

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  • Bendigo

    Friday August 11, 7pm

    Ulumbarra Theatre

  • Duration

    approximately 90min with no interval

  • Ticket Price Range

    $16 - $35

Experience the thrill of the iconic vampire film Nosferatu, brought to life by a live orchestra, coming exclusively to Ulumbarra Theatre for one night only.

Following award winning, sell out shows at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and seasons at Edinburgh Fringe (UK), and Art, Not Apart (Canberra); duo Rasa Daukus (piano) and Will Larsen (percussion) have teamed up with Orchestra Victoria, to expand their original score to the film’s eerie, gothic visuals.

A full orchestra, keyboard, electronics, and a massive labyrinth of drums, shakers, bells, cymbals, gongs and percussion come together to create an electrifying atmosphere to accompany the original adaption of Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ for the screen. An influential work of early filmmaking and the horror genre that followed, Nosferatu is considered a masterpiece of cinema, even 101 years on.

Watch the Trailer

One of the most unforgettable dramatic events at the Edinburgh Fringe this year

The Stu­dent (Edin­burgh)

Production Credits

Orchestra Victoria

With guest soloists, ‘Tess Said So’
Rasa Daukus piano & electronics
Will Larsen percussion & drums

Score by 'Tess Said So'

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922)
F.W. Murnau director
F.A. Wagner cinematography
Henrik Galeen screen play
Based on the novel 'Dracula' by Bram Stoker

Production Partners

‘Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror’ is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria’s Touring Victoria grant.
Guest Artists

Meet the Guest Conductor and Soloists joining us for the performance

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Jessica Gethin - Guest Conductor

Award winning conductor Jessica Gethin has gained widespread attention for her stellar musicianship and vibrant energy, reviewers citing her performances as ‘… refined, charismatic and exhilarating’. Gliding seamlessly between core symphonic repertoire to ballet, opera, film and contemporary genres, Jessica’s international roster includes engagements throughout the USA, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, with collaborations including the Dallas Opera, Opera Queensland, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Perth Symphony, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic and Macao Orchestra as well as regular seasons with the West Australian Ballet. Accolades include Limelight Australia’s Top 20 Australian Artists for 2017, winning the Brian Stacey Emerging Australian Conductor Award, listed in Australian Financial Review’s 100 Most Influential Women, recipient of a Churchill Fellowship for Performance Excellence in Music, named as inaugural fellow at the Hart Institute of Women Conductors Fellowship with Dallas Opera and being named a finalist in the West Australian of the Year Awards (Arts and Culture). Most recently Jessica was appointed Head of Orchestral Studies and Conducting at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and Principal Conductor of the West Australian Ballet.

Tess Said So

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Tess Said So

Rasa Daukus - Composer & Soloist (Piano/Keyboards)
Will Larsen - Composer, Orchestrator, Soloist (Percussion/Electronics)

Tess Said So is the creative partnership of musicians Rasa Daukus and Will Larsen. Adopting a pop sensibility to a classical format, Rasa and Will write and perform all their own material, influenced by a shared interest in new music and blurring the lines that define musical genre, infusing their sound with pop, jazz, ambience, minimalism, and electronica.

In 2014 Tess Said So released their debut album “I Did That Tomorrow” with contemporary classical European record label Preserved Sound to critical acclaim. Their follow-up “Scramble + Fate” was released in 2016. While both albums achieved recognition in the Top Ten Modern Classical Albums (of 2014 and 2016) from Stationary Travels, “Scramble + Fate” notably disrupted the classical set as a featured release in American magazine JAZZIZ, the largest jazz publication in the world. In 2017 they won Best Interactive, Film & Digital at the Adelaide Fringe Festival for their live soundtrack performance to Nosferatu.

After touring Nosferatu throughout Asia, Australia and the UK, Tess Said So released their third studio album "Piaf's Boyfriend" in May 2019.

In 2023, they released the double album "Nosferatu Reimagined", a freshly orchestrated version of their award-winning live score, for piano, percussion, prepared electronics and symphony orchestra, with the live version being premiered by Orchestra Victoria at the Melbourne International Film Festival 2023.

A partnership built on a longstanding friendship, Rasa and Will first began working together when they met as music undergrads (when Will had trouble finding an accompanist keen to tackle his solo repertoire, Rasa was thrilled to jump in for the ride). Active collaborators, they also work with dance companies, filmmakers, designers, street artists, visual and conceptual artists, in a variety of different settings; from concert halls to laneways and public spaces; building and questioning the connections between artistic disciplines. Equally, as composers and producers, Rasa and Will devise and record music to function within the context of the partnering art form.