THE ART OF THE SCORE: Film Week at the Philharmonic to Run 9/16-20
The New York Philharmonic will present the second season of THE ART OF THE SCORE: Film Week at the Philharmonic September 16-20, 2014, offering two concert programs of film music - La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema and Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times: The Tramp at 100 - that highlight some of the genre's most distinctive uses of music. Music Director Alan Gilbert opens the New York Philharmonic's 2014-15 season on September 16 with the Opening Gala Concert, La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema, with special guest Martin Scorsese, Oscar-winning director and film preservation proponent, who will deliver welcoming and introductory remarks. Award-winning actor, Philharmonic Board Member, and Philharmonic Radio Host Alec Baldwin returns as Artistic Advisor of THE ART OF THE SCORE.
"There's so much great music written for film, and to hear it played live by the New York Philharmonic is an amazing experience," Music Director Alan Gilbert said. "The best
film music is expressive and dramatic, which are the qualities that you look for all the time in music. The chance to make it come alive and paint pictures for the audiences is something I relish and love."
"Last year's inaugural THE ART OF THE SCORE was both unique and exciting, and this year's varied programs will once again illuminate the crucial role that music plays in film," said Alec Baldwin, Artistic Advisor of the series. "We'll feature works by Charlie Chaplin, as well as the auteurs behind masterpieces of Italian cinema. All understood the impact of music on audiences and their films included both rich scores and spectacular visuals. This should be a fascinating, informative, and fun-filled week, thanks to the live performances by the astounding musicians of the New York Philharmonic."
The Philharmonic's 2014-15 season opens September 16 with La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema, an Opening Gala Concert, with Martin Scorsese as special guest. The performance the following night, September 17, an expanded version of the same program, will be broadcast on PBS's Great Performances at a later date. Presented in collaboration with Sugarmusic, the concerts will be conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert; feature violinist Joshua Bell, soprano Rene?e Fleming, and singer/songwriter/actor Josh Groban; and include video projection combining animated graphics and film clips designed by visual artist Giuseppe Ragazzini, under the direction of Giampiero Solari. La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema celebrates the lush and iconic scores from some of Italy's greatest films with music by Nino Rota, Andrea and Ennio Morricone, Luis Bacalov, Stelvio Cipriani, Armando Trovajoli, Riz Ortolani and Nino Oliviero, Giovanni Fusco, and Nicola Piovani. The program will feature suites and famous songs, many newly arranged and orchestrated by music consultant William Ross, from Academy Award-winning films including Federico Fellini's 81⁄2 and La Dolce Vita; Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West; Roberto Benigni's Life Is Beautiful; and Giuseppe Tornatore's Cinema Paradiso (for full listing see pages 8-9). The Opening Gala Concert will also feature the Overtures from Rossini's The Barber of Seville and William Tell. La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema utilizes historical footage from Istituto Luce Cinecitta?; for the program's creation, Sugarmusic made available its catalog of more than 2,000 Italian film sound tracks.
Together, Joshua Bell and Josh Groban performed and recorded the title song from Cinema Paradiso as well as Mi Mancherai from Luis Bacalov's Academy Award-winning score to Michael Radford's Il Postino. Ms. Fleming is featured in the Sony album We All Love Ennio Morricone, and has appeared on numerous sound tracks, including Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Herge?'s The Adventures of Tintin as a comical Italian opera diva, Immortal Beloved, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Closer, and Rise of the Guardians. Ms. Fleming's numerous Philharmonic appearances include the Opening Gala Concert that launched Alan Gilbert's tenure as Music Director, in September 2009.
The black-tie Opening Gala on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, will include a pre-concert champagne reception from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., the concert, and a dinner immediately following the performance. The Opening Gala Co-Chairmen are Margo M. and James L. Nederlander and Gabriela and Antonio Quintella. The Executive Vice Chairmen are Agnes and Gerald L.
Hassell and Pamela Thomas-Graham and Lawrence Otis Graham. The Gala is generously
underwritten by BNY Mellon, Credit Suisse, and Daria L. and Eric J. Wallach.
Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times: The Tramp at 100, the second program of this season's THE ART OF THE SCORE: Film Week at the Philharmonic, will pay tribute to the 125th anniversary of the birth of film legend and auteur Charlie Chaplin and to the 100th birthday of his most famous character, The Little Tramp, September 19-20, 2014, conducted by Timothy Brock in his Philharmonic debut. The program will include a complete screening of Modern Times, Chaplin's final film featuring The Little Tramp, with the Orchestra performing the score live on stage. The music, which Chaplin composed with the help of Alfred Newman, has been reconstructed by Mr. Brock for live performance and includes Mr. Chaplin's popular song "Smile." The program opens with Kid Auto Races at Venice, the 1914 film short that introduced The Little Tramp, with the Orchestra performing music composed by Mr. Brock. "One happy thing about sound was that I could control the music, so I composed my own," Charlie Chaplin wrote in My Autobiography (1964). "I tried to compose elegant and romantic music to frame my comedies in contrast to the tramp character, for elegant music gave my comedies an emotional dimension."
The Philharmonic inaugurated THE ART OF THE SCORE in September 2013 with two programs of film music: Hitchcock! - which celebrated Alfred Hitchcock and the music written for his films by composers including Bernard Herrmann, Lyn Murray, and Dmitri Tiomkin through film clips accompanied by live performances of the scores - and 2001: A Space Odyssey - which was screened in its entirety as the Orchestra performed the score live, led by Music Director Alan Gilbert.
? Opening Gala
The black-tie Opening Gala, September 16, will include a pre-concert champagne reception from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., the concert, and a dinner immediately following the performance. The Opening Gala Co-Chairmen are Margo M. and James L. Nederlander and Gabriela and Antonio Quintella. The Executive Vice Chairmen are Agnes and Gerald L. Hassell and Pamela Thomas-Graham and Lawrence Otis Graham. The Gala is generously underwritten by BNY Mellon, Credit Suisse, and Daria L. and Eric J. Wallach.
? Empire State Building Salute
On September 16 the Empire State Building will be lit in Philharmonic red in celebration of the Philharmonic's Opening Gala and the start of the 2014-15 season.
LA DOLCE VITA: THE MUSIC OF ITALIAN CINEMA
Music Director Alan Gilbert began his New York Philharmonic tenure in September 2009, the first native New Yorker in the post. He and the Philharmonic have introduced the positions of The Marie-Jose?e Kravis Composer-in-Residence, The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in- Residence, and the Artist-in-Association; CONTACT!, the new-music series; and the NY PHIL
BIENNIAL, an exploration of today's music by a wide range of contemporary and modern composers inaugurated in spring 2014. As New York magazine wrote, "The Philharmonic and its music director Alan Gilbert have turned themselves into a force of permanent revolution."
In the 2014-15 season Alan Gilbert conducts the U.S. Premiere of Unsuk Chin's Clarinet Concerto, a Philharmonic co-commission, alongside Mahler's First Symphony; La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema; Verdi's Requiem; a staging of Honegger's Joan of Arc at the Stake featuring Oscar winner Marion Cotillard; World Premieres; a CONTACT! program; and Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. He concludes The Nielsen Project - the multi-year initiative to perform and record the Danish composer's symphonies and concertos, the first release of which was named by The New York Times as among the Best Classical Music Recordings of 2012 - and presides over the EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour. Last season's highlights included the inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL; Mozart's final three symphonies; the score from 2001: A Space Odyssey alongside the film; a staging of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson; and the ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour.
Mr. Gilbert is Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies and holds the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies at The Juilliard School. Conductor laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and principal guest conductor of Hamburg's NDR Symphony Orchestra, he regularly conducts leading orchestras around the world. He made his acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut conducting John Adams's Doctor Atomic in 2008, the DVD of which received a Grammy Award. Rene?e Fleming's recent Decca recording Poe?mes, on which he conducted, received a 2013 Grammy Award. His recordings have received top honors from the Chicago Tribune and Gramophone magazine. In May 2010 Mr. Gilbert received an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from The Curtis Institute of Music and in December 2011, Columbia University's Ditson Conductor's Award for his "exceptional commitment to the performance of works by American composers and to contemporary music." In 2014 he was elected to The American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
In his more than 30-year career as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, conductor, and outspoken advocate for classical music and music education in schools, Joshua Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs which have garnered Mercury, Grammy, Gramophone, and Echo Klassik awards. His releases include Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell and Friends, French Impressions with pianist Jeremy Denk, and At Home with Friends; Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Defiance sound track, John Corigliano's The Red Violin Concerto and the Oscar-winning sound track to The Red Violin; Voice of the Violin; and Romance of the Violin (named Billboard's 2004 Classical CD of the Year and earning Mr. Bell Billboard's Classical Artist of the Year award).