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, Music Director
Leonard Slatkin leads the National Symphony Orchestra in a
sampling of John Williams' dynamic compositions for the concert
hall: the colorful "For Seiji," written for Seiji Ozawa's
25th anniversary as the Boston Symphony Orchestra's music
director, and "Five Sacred Trees," a beautiful dialogue between
bassoon and orchestra inspried 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 omnious fugue from Jaws, to the magical
Adverntures on Earth from E.T., it's a spectacular evening
of music you won't want to miss.