At the movies, one element does more than any other to heighten the suspense,
enhance the romance, and ratchet up the thrills: the music. From the earliest
days of cinema, filmmakers have turned to composers to help bring their art
to life. Now you can hear that music performed as part of the National Symphony
Orchestra's festival Soundtracks: Music and Film. This exciting festival will
be co-directed by Leonard Slatkin - who, as a child in Hollywood, was mentored
by leading composers and performers from cinema's golden age - and preeminent
film composer John Williams, whose music has graced such seminal hits as Star
Wars, E.T., Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and many more.
In the first half of this exciting concert, famed film composer
and multiple Academy Award-winner John Williams leads the
National Symphony Orchestra in a sampling of his dynamic
compositions for the concert hall: the colorful "For Seiji,"
written in honor of Seiji Ozawa's 25th anniversary as the
Boston Symphony Orchestra's music director; and "Five Sacred
Trees," a beautiful dialogue between bassoon and orchestra
inspired by Celtic legend that features a solo by NSO Principal
Bassoonist Sue Heineman.
The second half of the concert highlights a number of Williams'
memorable film scores from some of the most successful movies
in Hollywood history, all directed by longtime collaborator
Steven Spielberg. From the tragic theme to Schindler's List,
to a thrillingly ominous fugue from Jaws, to the magical
Adventures on Earth from E.T., it's a spectacular evening
of music you won't want to miss.