March 8 7:00 pm

In Buster Keaton’s classic family feud comedy, OUR HOSPITALITY, a young man blunders into the house of his family’s enemies. Luckily, the 19th-century code of honor prevents their killing him — so long as he is their guest.
The film is accompanied by Andrew Earle Simpson’s new bluegrass-inspired instrumental score.
Pictured above: Andrew standing in front of the historical velocipede that Keaton rides in the film (and Keaton donated that bike to the Smithsonian American History Museum), which is where he is posing for the photo.


Andrew Earle Simpson is an acclaimed composer of opera, silent film, orchestral, chamber, choral, dance, and vocal music based in Washington, DC. His musical works make multi-faceted, intimate connections with literature, visual art, and film, reflecting his own interest in linking music with the wider world, an approach which he calls “humanistic music.”His concert and theatrical works have been performed at such venues as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Music Center at Strathmore, National Gallery of Art, Library of Congress, Smithsonian Museums of American Art, American History and Freer-Sackler Gallery, Getty Museum, and many others
One of America’s foremost silent film accompanists, he has performed across the United States, Europe, and South America. He is Resident Film Accompanist at the National Gallery of Art and a resident accompanist at the Library of Congress’ Mt. Pony Theater in Culpeper, VA. Simpson also conceived and co-founded Atlas Performing Arts Center’s Sounds of Silence Film Series, for which he is curator and resident musician, entering its sixth season in 2023.
The Andrew Simpson Ensemble is a chamber group with a varied roster of professional instrumentalists that premieres and performs new scores for silent film. Andrew Earle Simpson is ordinary (full) professor and director of the Master of Music, Stage Music Emphasis program at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
For more information, works lists, and recordings, visit