Head north to the Klondike with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as they accompany the Little Tramp trying to strike it rich. 


Charlie Chaplin's iconic 1925 silent film The Gold Rush will play on the big screen for one night only — Friday June 24th — while the full orchestra performs Chaplin's score live!

“This is the third full length Chaplin film I’ve conducted,” says WSO Associate Conductor Julian Pellicano. “It’s really fun, it’s a really great film.”

Originally made without soundtrack, the late 19th early 20th century “silent” film era wasn’t entirely devoid of music. Typically screenings featured a pianist, theatre organist or even, in larger cities, a small orchestra accompanying the film. 

“After the 1930s, Chaplin actually composed music to go along with his films once the technology existed for that to actually happen,” explains Pellicano who notes that this score comes from 1942 re-release, which will be played to the original 1925 film. 

Between 1896 and 1899, approximately 100,000 prospectors rushed north to the Klondike region of Yukon in hopes of finding their fortune. In this film, written, directed and produced by Chaplin, the Little Tramp experiences the optimism of the gold rush but also some of the pitfalls, including major snow storms, hunger and the possibility of grizzly bear attacks. 

A silent comedy full of the humour, hijinks and tenderness that only the Little Tramp could capture, The Gold Rush plays at 7:30 p.m. at the Centennial Concert Hall. 

Visit www.wso.ca for more details and tickets!