The General with the Ohio Valley Symphony

April 03, 2012
Tuesday at 07:30 pm

Part of the Variety Series

You are invited to a one-of-a-kind experience in regional and film history. By special arrangement with the Ohio Valley Symphony from Gallipolis, “The General” (1927), the great silent film comedy starring Buster Keaton, will come alive as the symphony plays the accompanying score in the orchestra pit of the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.

Keaton’s personal favorite, “The General” is a masterpiece of dead-pan, “stone-face” comedy and considered one of the best train films ever made. Experience the story of a brave but foolish Southern Confederate train engineer doggedly in pursuit of the woman and the locomotive he loves.

The event also commemorates the 150th year of the real historical event on which the story is based—“The Great Locomotive Chase”—where members of a Southern Ohio Civil War regiment decide to steal a Confederate train and bring it north. Eighty-five years after its production, this film comes to the Vern Riffe Center in this immersive experience for film buffs, train enthusiasts, Civil War historians, and music and film fans of all ages.

To purchase season subscription or individual tickets, please call the McKinley Box Office at 740.351.3600 or visit