Dallas Symphony’s “Hollywood Holidays” program, tracing holiday-themed film music

Posted on: December 14, 2021

“Some of the most enchanting sounds of the Christmas season come from beloved holiday movies,” writes Kimberly Richard in Saturday’s (12/11) KXAS-TV (Dallas/Fort Worth). “The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will feature these nostalgic melodies with its ‘Hollywood Holidays’ concert series … December 17-19, Richard Kaufman, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Pops Conductor Laureate, will conduct the concert series. Kaufman has devoted much of his career to the music of film and television…. Kaufman began studying the violin at age seven… He played in studios, recording with Ray Charles, Burt Bacharach and Henry Mancini…. ‘I was in my early 20s when I played on Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Those were incredible experiences playing the music and, of course, working with John Williams,’ Kaufman said. In 1984, Kaufman became the Music Coordinator in the Music Department of Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer Studios. For the next 18 years, he supervised music for all MGM television and animation projects…. For Kaufman, the great Christmas present of this concert series is working with the musicians of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. ‘The DSO musicians … bring the same dedication and quality to the performance of film music as they do to the great classical repertoire,’ Kaufman said.”