On Sunday afternoon and evening, June 22, the Northwest Indiana Symphony and chorus is going to give one of best concerts we will ever give.
Not only best, but entertaining, moving and, I hope, informative.
Film music is a miracle. Film music is a wild thing. It can crack open your heart. It can burst these hearts of ours with its ability to tell a story of compassion or dream love, its portrayal of pain and fear, or its gift to bring the joy and humor to a bubbly comedy.
To think that a composer is shown an entire finished film strip and then has to decide on what the music should then be like, where in the movie to use it, where not to, how he will orchestrate it, what devices will he use. Should he use screeching violins in Hitchcock-type shower scenes or a simple two notes in the contrabassoon for "Jaws"?
When all of this is considered, it is really is a miracle and I hold great admiration for these wonderful, creative artists.
When I am studying the music for this concert, I think of the delight that children will get from the music of "Anastasia", and I think of the inner thoughts that we will all possess as we listen to the violin in "Schindler's List". As beautiful as it is, I know that it will give us all pause.
And when one does consider that we will all be tapping our toes and smiling in "Anastasia"—all of us in the room—and yet there will be a stillness from all of us as we consider what that violin is saying in "Schindler's List". I say it again, it is a miracle.
The same goes for the oboe and English horn in "Tea with Mussolini". The choice of these instruments to bring to life the haunting experiences and the nostalgia of women trapped in Italy during WWII is perfect. (So many stars in that movie! Cher, Lily Tomlin, Judy Dench, Maggie Smith.)
We will show some movie clips and we will have some great posters and photos to show you of everything from early Gershwin movie sets and costumes, to a young John Williams (when he honestly looked like James Dean), and we will share with you different takes on how Superman is perceived all over the world.
There will be the bittersweet music of "Forrest Gump" on the program. There will be the reverent and patriotic music of "Mansions of the Lord", the impassioned and timeless "Gone with the Wind", and certainly we have to play for you "Raiders of the Lost Ark"! Any movie about Indiana Jones is something that we will all have a blast with, eh?!
I hope that you will join us for either the 2 p.m. or the 7 p.m. concerts next Sunday, June 22 at the splendid Crown Point High School Auditorium. This is a world class, state-of-the-art performance facility.
I truly think that this is going to be one of the best concerts we have ever produced. It will be a wonderful event for a family, it will be poetic and heartwarming, and most of all it will be fun.
The Northwest Indiana Symphony will present Symphony goes to the Movies, Sunday, June 22 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Crown Point High School auditorium. The concert will also feature the Symphony Chorus. Tickets are $25 - $65 and students are just $10. For tickets, call 219-836-0525 or visit nisorchestra.org.