The Scar of Shame


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RENÈE BAKER-icon-01The Scar of Shame/Renèe Baker Project

The Scar of Shame

  1. Saturday, November 4, 2017 7:00 p.m.
Image from the film Scar of shame

The film will be presented with a live, world-premiere performance by Jacobs School of Music students of a new orchestral score by Renèe Baker.


A gifted pianist (Harry Henderson) falls in love with a common woman (Lucia Lynn Moses) and saves her from a life of poverty. However, he is reluctant to let her meet his mother out of fear that she will spurn his bride, because of her lowly origins. The Scar of Shame is a still-relevant and fascinating examination of prejudices of class within African American society of the 1920s. Print courtesy of and preserved by The Library of Congress. (35mm Presentation)

Renèe Baker—Composer

Renèe Baker, founding music director and conductor of the internationally acclaimed Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, has composed more than 2,000 works for ensembles, including numerous commissioned pieces for the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Chicago Sinfonietta Chamber Ensemble, Berlin International Brass, Joffrey Ballet Chamber Series, and many others. In composing for silent cinema, she has created cutting-edge original scores for more than 100 films and performed her work at live screening events with orchestras and ensembles across the globe. Baker’s film-score recordings include Body and Soul (1925), Broken Blossoms (1919), Woman of Ryazan (1927), An Orphan (1929), A Natural Born Gambler (1916), The Blue Bird (1918), and Haxan (1922), to name a few. More information at