January 21, 2013 at 9:56 AM
Westfield Symphony Presents the Perfect Valentine--A Night at the Movies
WESTFIELD, NJ (January 21st) – Celebrate Valentine's Day on Sunday, February 17th at 4PM with A Night at the Movies as David Wroe leads Westfield Symphony Orchestra on a trip down memory lane to present Hollywood's greatest movie themes from epics, to the Golden Age of the musical, to modern favorites.
While an orchestra – even one endowed with the creative genius of Maestro Wroe – cannot hope to capture the vast and rich history of the motion picture music genre in any one performance, the concert does a remarkable job of covering the touchstones of great movie music and audience members will soon find themselves humming along to instantly recognizable, certified classics.
“Great movies would not be great without great music and this concert will make you to relive the passion, heartbreak, heroism and thrilling, chilling experiences from the best of the very best,” commented Wroe.
The program reaches back some seven decades, with the iconic theme from 1939's epic Gone with the Wind, presenting favorites from great silver screen classics of the '40s through the '70s, (Lawrence of Arabia, Spartacus, West Side Story, to name but a few) and gliding easily into modern blockbusters such as Jaws, Star Wars, Space Odyssey, Forest Gump and more. Each minute is more rousing and inspiring than the next.
And great movie music will do more than remind you of the film in which it was originally featured. Continued Maestro Wroe: “These haunting melodies not only enhance the visual stimuli – they also capture whole eras, revive deeply embedded emotions and, in the larger sense, demonstrate the art of cinema itself.”
So don't be surprised if after the performance you find yourself whistling the “Colonel Bogey March” from The Bridge on the River Kwai or belting out Leonard Bernstein’s "Maria" in your shower. Whether you are seeking the outstanding orchestral talent of the Westfield Symphony, looking to indulge your passion for film music, or just love movies, this concert is for you.
The performance, made possible through the generous support of the NJ State Council on the Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, will take place on Sunday, February 17th at 4PM at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield. For tickets ($25-$75, students $12) and information go to www.westfieldsymphony.org or call 908 232 9400.