New York Philharmonic Presents The Art of the Score

By Cory Healy on 5 September 2013
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Alan Gilbert in Central Park

Alan Gilbert  conducting in Central Park

The New York Philharmonic announced The Art of the Score: Film Week at The Philharmonic, a series of film screenings with live orchestra accompaniments. The performances will take place between September 17 and 21.

The idea was conceived by Alec Baldwin, the orchestra’s radio host and board member.  The week’s events include a montage of scores from Alfred Hitchcock films and music from Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Hitchcock! will take place on the evenings of September 17 and 18, during which Philharmonic newcomer Constantine Kitsopoulos will lead the orchestra through scores and film clips from the following iconic Hitchcock films: To Catch a Thief, Vertigo, Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder, and North by Northwest.  The Repertoire of musical works includes works by Charles Gounod, Bernard Herrmann, Lyn Murray and Dmitri Tiomkin.

On September 20 and 21, conductor Alan Gilbert will lead the orchestra through the entire film score to 2001: A Space Odyssey while it screens simultaneously. The program will include pieces by Ligeti, Richard Strauss, and Johann Strauss II.

In conjunction with the performances, there will be two panel discussions. The first will explore how music is used throughout Hitchcock’s and Kubrick’s films and will include commentary by composers, historians and Alec Baldwin. The second panel, initiated by the World Science Festival, will include composers, neuroscientists and filmmakers who will discuss how music shapes narration and the emotional impact films can have on the audience.

The Art of the Score: Film Week at the Philharmonic is located in Avery Fischer Hall in Lincoln Center.  On their respective days, Hitchcock! performances will begin at 7:30pm, and 2001: A Space Odyssey screenings will start at 8:00pm.

(Photo: Chris Lee)

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