NHA to Host Down to the Sea in Ships Featuring Pianist Jennifer Maxwell

Jennifer Maxwell

NANTUCKET – The Nantucket Historical Association will be hosting a showing the 1922 silent film Down to the Sea in Ships featuring live piano accompaniment from Grammy Award nominated pianist Jennifer Maxwell.

The performance will be held at the Nantucket Whaling Museum on Broad Street next Wednesday, July 19th at 7 PM and will feature a new interpretation of the film’s original score, arranged by Maxwell herself.

Maxwell took her inspiration from pieces that were played during the picture’s original release along with music from William Perry who composed his own version of score in the 1970’s.

Down to the Sea in Ships is a story of forbidden love and open-water adventure, set in a Quaker whaling community and features an early performance from silent film star Clara Bow.

Many of the film’s live action sequences were shot in New Bedford and the surrounding waters. It premiered in 1922 at New Bedford’s Olympia Theater before being shown successfully across the country and around the globe.

Thickets to the show are free for NHA members and 10 dollars for the general public. Advance registration is suggested, you can do that nha.org/tickets.

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