Review: Detroit Symphony performs with UMich screening of 1984 “Amadeus” film

Posted on: September 19, 2019

“This past Sunday afternoon, Hill Auditorium hosted a sold-out showing of ‘Amadeus’ with live musical accompaniment from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the University Musical Society’s Choral Union,” writes Zachary M.S. Waarala in Tuesday’s (9/17) Michigan Daily, the University of Michigan’s student newspaper. “There was a nostalgic excitement present as I waited in line, hearing murmurs of ‘I haven’t seen it since it was in theaters.’ … I had not seen the film prior to this unique showing…. Despite my sitting very close to the orchestra, I was more focused on the film than the musical performance, which is perhaps the goal of such an event…. Even so, the live musical accompaniment made the film come to life. The orchestra and choirs fell into perfect synchronization with the film…. The most poignant aspect of the night came during the end credits…. The orchestra began the piece of music that accompanies the rolling credits, but no one in the audience got up to leave. We all sat still, with our attention completely focused on the orchestra for the first time of the night, taking in their grand finale of sorts as they closed out the life and legacy of Mozart.”

Posted September 19, 2019