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National Symphony Orchestra Film Festival: Metropolis

Leonard Slatkin conducts a newly compiled score for a showing of Fritz Lang's silent movie masterpiece.

  • 1 hour, 30 min
  • $19.00 - $69.00

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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.

Program and Notes

SCHOENBERG
Transfigured Night, Opus 4
SCHOENBERG
 Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 9
SCHOENBERG
Chamber Symphony No. 2, Opus 38
GRIEG
Holberg Suite, Op. 40
Prelude
Sarabande
Gavotte and Musette
Air
Rigaudon
BARTÓK
 String Quartet No. 1 in A minor, Op. 7/Sz 40
BARTÓK
 String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 17

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