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.
Experience the fascinating musical heritage and evolution of
the American cinema in this thrilling concert that spans from
the early beginnings of movie studios to Hollywood's golden
age. Leonard Slatkin and John Williams conduct separate segments
of a program that begins with Aaron Copland's glorious music for
the film adaptation of John Steinbeck's The Red Pony...
continues through timeless movie scores by such famed composers
as Leonard Bernstein, Alfred Newman, and Bernard Herrmann..and
culminates with musical excerpts from Gone with the Wind,
one of America's most beloved cinematic masterpieces.