Booming orchestra-film concert scene continues

Posted on: May 23, 2016

“Orchestras are increasingly looking to the great film scores of yore to appeal to both music aficionados and symphony newbies alike,” writes James C. Taylor in Sunday’s (5/22) Star Ledger (Newark, N.J.). “The most popular way to play film music these days? Have a full orchestra perform the score in sync with the full projected film…. Timothy Brock … conducted the New York Philharmonic for its presentation of Charlie Chaplin’s ‘City Lights’ on Thursday evening…. Last Sunday, the New Jersey Capital Philharmonic in Trenton performed a concert of music by composers from Hollywood’s golden age…. Next month the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will be performing a weekend series of concerts at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center celebrating the music of the James Bond films.… The NJSO … has already accompanied the films ‘Back to the Future’ (as part of the film’s 30th anniversary celebration) and ‘Home Alone,’ as a holiday season event…. Conducting the ‘Bond & Beyond’ concerts in New Jersey is Michael Krajewski … [who] has become a big proponent of film scores…. ‘All orchestras want to find new angles and audiences,’ Krajewski says. ‘Movie soundtracks offer a way for them to do just that.’ ”

Posted May 23, 2016

Pictured: The New York Philharmonic performs the score to Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights.” Photo by Chris Lee