Arts & Entertainment

Westfield Symphony’s “Night at the Movies” Brings Music of The Silver Screen to Life

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Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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Audience members clap along to the march from The Bridge Over the River Kwai. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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Friends of the WSO Member Christine Bailey (with Friends Co-President Lee Corcoran and President of the Board of Trustees Norman Luka) encourages audience members to support the symphony. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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The WSO receives a standing ovation. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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WESTFIELD, NJ—“A Night at the Movies,” The Westfield Symphony Orchestra’s retrospective of music from the silver screen, was a hit with an audience of all ages on Feb. 17. The concert, which took place at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield, covered touchstones of great movie music from Gone with the Wind to 2001: A Space Odyssey to Star Wars and even Forest Gump.

The music is the part of the movie that is “taken in not by the eyes but through the soul,” explained WSO Music Director and Conductor David Wroe, who once worked under the great movie music composer John Williams.

Audience members clapped along to the march from The Bridge On the River Kwai, smiled at the familiar tunes of West Side Story and Indiana Jones and held their breath to the theme from Jaws. As the tempo increased and the great white shark seemed to swim ever closer, Maestro Wroe turned to the audience, biting his nails, and the crowd erupted in laughter.

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During the intermission, concert attendees had the opportunity to purchase a stunning faux pearl necklace for $30 from The Friends of the Westfield Symphony Orchestra that commemorates the 30-year “Pearl Anniversary” of the Symphony. This timeless classic is also available at Bittersweet Designs, 221 Lenox Ave., Westfield. All proceeds from necklace sales will benefit the WSO.

According to the WSO, this performance was made possible through the generous support of the NJ State Council on the Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

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