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Weekend Planner: Music

Mindful of the tradition that even before movies had sound they were accompanied by music played “live” by a lone pianist or organist, or sometimes by a full orchestra in the cities, the Pioneer Valley Symphony opens its season Saturday at the Academy of Music in Northampton with a program called “Great Music for Great Films.” In addition to the finale of Rossini’s overture to the opera “William Tell” — often used to accompany chase scenes in silent films — the concert will include the Massachusetts premiere of “The Silent Years,” a composite of scores by composer William Perry written for three notable silent films: “The Beloved Rogue,” a 1927 historical epic featuring John Barrymore as the French poet François Villon; “Blood and Sand,” the 1922 bullfighting story starring Rudolph Valentino; and “The Gold Rush” (1925), Charlie Chaplin’s first feature-length comedy (and, some say, his finest). Clips from each of the films will accompany the music. Also on the program: Alexander Borodin’s Second Symphony, which squeezes into the movie theme by way of the fact that its music was set to words for the Broadway musical “Kismet,” which then became a film.

7:30 p.m. $18 general; $15 seniors; $12 students; $5 children. 584-9032, academyofmusictheatre.com

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