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 this unique live music and film screening event, TV/movie
producer and historian John Goberman premieres his newly compiled
score for director Fritz Lang's 1926 silent cinematic masterpiece Metropolis. Both a compelling commentary on the
Industrial Revolution and an expressionistic vision of the
not-so-distant future, "Metropolis" has continued to inspire
and influence filmmakers everywhere. The National Symphony Orchestra will perform music by composers
from the silent film period—including selections from Arnold
Schoenberg, Edward Grieg and Bela Bartok.
Please note, there will be no late seating. No one will be allowed in the Concert Hall once the performance begins—please arrive early.
Tickets are currently not available online for this event.