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Britt Orchestra: Opening Night - Pops: Classics in the Movies

Wednesday, July 25 • 7:30 p.m.

PROGRAM: Opening Night - Pops: Classics in the Movies
NOTICE: Due to wildfire smoke, this Britt Orchestra concert has been moved to the North Medford High School auditorium. For more information, see the press announcement here. For arrival and parking directions check out this map of North Medford High

An exploration of popular classical music themes from the movies & TV, featuring works by Wagner, Mozart, Rossini, Williams and many more composers.

TICKETS: Due to the smaller venue, ticket sales for this concert have been suspended.
DOORS OPEN: @ 6:30 General Public
PRE-CONCERT MUSIC: 6:30
PRE-CONCERT TALK: No pre-concert talk for this program

Opening Night - Pops!
Program: Opening Night - Pops: Classics in the Movies

An exploration of popular classical music themes from the movies & TV, featuring works by Wagner, Mozart, Rossini, Williams and many more composers.

Pops!

Orchestral music has a long history in film. From the beginning filmmakers have often used well known compositions as temporary music tracks, known as temp tracks, for score composers to put their own spin on. George Lucas famously used Holst’s The Planets as a temp track for John Williams to emulate in his now iconic Star Wars theme. Sometimes the temp track ends up being used as the final track, such is the case with the famous opening to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Alex North was hired to write a score for the film, but the director was so moved by the marriage of the temp track of Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra to the stunning images on screen, that he ditched Alex North’s original composition in favor of the Strauss piece - the rest is cinematic history. Some classical pieces are so wholly appropriated by pop culture that the original purpose gets overshadowed by the new work, such is the case with Rossini’s William Tell Overture, which is more commonly associated as The Lone Ranger opening credits music than the opera for which it was written in 1829.

Walt Disney also had a love for famous orchestral music and the concept for his ‘concert feature’ known as Fantasia married state-of-the-art animation to tell visual stories based on various musical selections such as Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain. Who could forget the ominous demon of the underworld unfolding his wings over the barren landscape on screen or Mickey Mouse battling a magic broom in Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, both of which were catapulted into the public consciousness by the marriage of music to film? These compositions will continue to attract new audiences and be used in creative and interesting ways as long as filmmakers push the boundaries of the medium.


Pre-concert music by the Britt Orchestra Fellows String Ensemble will begin in the Britt Performance Garden at 6:00p.m.

There is no Pre-concert talk tonight

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