The Choral Arts Society of Washington Norman Scribner, Music Director Children's Chorus of Washington Joan Gregoryk, Music Director
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.
Beginning with the first "soundtrack" in movie history—Camille
Saint-Saens' dramatic synchronous for the 1908 film
L'Assassinat du Duc de Guise (The Death of the Duke of Guise)
Leonard Slatkin takes you on a journey through major milestones
in European film music. Discover Europe's musical impact upon
world cinema as you hear Sir William Walton's sensational 1944
score for Henry V, the first of Sir Laurence Olivier's
Shakespearean features...Arthur Honegger's 1948 locomotive-themed
divertissement for the experimental film poem Pacific 231 and
selections from Dmitri Shostakovich's classic and gripping
suite for the 1964 Soviet film version of Hamlet.
AfterWords: Join Leonard Slatkin and Samuel West
immediatley following the concert in the
Concert Hall for a free discussion about Henry V.