WESTFIELD, NJ — Audiences will hear songs from the big screen performed live by the New Jersey Festival Orchestra Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Westfield during the orchestra’s season finale.
The featured music will include Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major, heard in the movie “There Will Be Blood,” which starred Daniel Day-Lewis as an oilman on a ruthless quest for wealth.
Wagner’s Prelude from opera Tristan and Isolde, featured in John Boorman's epic film “Excalibur,” is also on the program. This music is Lancelot and Guinevere’ love theme in the movie.
The concert will conclude with Symphonic Dances from Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” both a Broadway musical and the movie that starred Natalie Wood with singing voiceover by Marni Nixon
“Classical orchestral music and the world’s finest composers have played an important role in animating the films coming out of Holywood, either by Holywood ‘adopting’ famous symphonies and concerti or famous composers writing music specifically for the movies,” said NJFO Music Director and Conductor David Wroe. “Bernstein’s famous ‘West Side Story’ is such a case for the latter — who can forget Natalie Wood’s iconic portrayal as Maria in the 1961 movie?”
Virtuoso violinist Stefan Milenkovich of Serbia is returning to perform with the orchestra this weekend.
“Stefan is back with the NJ Festival Orchestra by popular demand after the rave reviews showered on him after his debut last year with the NJ Festival Orchestra,” Wroe said.
Following that debut Maestro Wroe and Milenkovich became friends and both eagerly anticipate the renewal of this artist partnership, he said.
“Stefan is Serbia’s most famous living violinist and an ambassador not only for the glories of classical music but also his country,” Wroe said.
“As for Brahm’s Violin Concerto,” he added, “aficionados of Daniel Day Lewis will know the moment he strikes oil in the film ‘There will be blood,’ the finale of this fantastic concerto also gushes forth is its full glory.”
If you go:
Music That Makes Hollywood takes place on June 1 at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Westfield. Michael Rosin will give his free pre-concert lecture at 5:30 p.m. at Atlantic Health Primary Care, 142 Central Avenue, Westfield. All ticket holders are welcome.
Tickets ($30-$76, students U18 $15) are available online at on www.njfestivalorchestra.org. You can also buy tickets by calling the box office 908-232-9400.