In 2018, Frankenstein’s monster turns 200 years old. Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking novel about Victor Frankenstein’s creation was published anonymously for the first time in London in 1818 and has been one of the most influential works in horror literature. Hundreds of movies have been inspired by the novel, which was also called The Modern Prometheus. Celebrating the double-centennial, Soundtracks Live! offers a unique concert program featuring exciting music from various monster movies, with special focus on three enigmatic franchises: King … Read more here!
Undoubtedly the most popular composer ever working in film, John Williams is still active at the age of 85. Soundtracks Live! celebrates one of the most brilliant symphonists of our time with a Tribute that contains a carefully assorted selection of his most important and well-known film scores. The Soundtracks Live program is centered around four main blocks: music from the Star Wars saga, music from the Harry Potter movies, Williams’ Americana scores (Born on the Fourth of July, JFK and Lincoln) and music from the films of … Read more here!
There is currently no bigger trend in Hollywood blockbuster cinema than the superhero movie! The film universe is crowded with amazing action characters possessing incredible superpowers used to defeat the darkest villains imaginable – and they do it accompanied by rousing symphonic music that showcases the most epic proportions of the orchestra. From John Williams’ enigmatic Superman music, via Danny Elfman’s stylish music for Batman and Spiderman to the most current heroic themes including Michael Giacchino’s Doctor Strange and John Ottman’s X-Men: Apocalypse, Soundtrack Live! presents a highly entertaining … Read more here!
Soundtracks Live! celebrates William Shakespeare in 2016 commemorating the fact that the author of such immortal works as Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and The Tempest died 400 years ago, on April 23, 1616. Throughout the history of film – and film music – Shakespeare has been a constant source of inspiration and his intense, psychologically charged dramas – as well as his playful and timeless comedies – has sparkled the cinematic musical imagination of such esteemed composers as William Walton, Dimitri Shostakovich and Nino Rota … Read more here!
Commemorating the 70 year anniversary of the end of World War 2, Soundtracks Live! presents a concert program devoted to the most memorable films taking place during the war. The war inspired film makers, even during wartime, to produce cinematic adventures which has continued to engage worldwide audiences throughout seven decades. But the horror and tragedy of war has also had a steady place in the repertoire. The Of War and Remembrance reflects both approaches, presenting music that ranges from the largely romantic ‘Warsaw Concerto’ (composed … Read more here!
The mystery of eternal universe – and the fictional adventures taking place in galaxies far, far away – has always sparkled the creativity among composers. We all have Gustav Holst and The Planets to thank for igniting the fire, and John Williams for carrying the torch into the 21st century, but the science fiction film genre has also given us many other great musical classics. The Soundtracks Live! presentation Space Symphony takes the listener on a journey from the 1960s original Star Trek to James Horner’s … Read more here!
A film genre which has always sparkled the imagination of composers, horror films often feature dark, suggestive and exciting scores. Some of the most quintessential moments in film music history comes from horror films – who will ever forget Bernard Herrmann’s dissonant glissandi violin stabs emulating the murderer’s knife in Psycho, the latin chants of Jerry Goldsmith’s The Omen or the heartbreakingly beauty of Johan Söderqvist’s Let the Right One In? These are, of course, all featured in the Soundtracks Live!’s Chiller Concerto. Just like our other historical … Read more here!
Perhaps the greatest and inventive, certainly the most influential, film director of all time was also a great believer in the force of music in film. Alfred Hitchcock worked with some of the finest film composers throughout his career, most notably with Bernard Herrmann (resulting in classic soundtracks such as Psycho, North by Northwest and Vertigo) but also golden age legends Franz Waxman (Rear Window, Rebecca) and Dimitri Tiomkin (Dial M for Murder, Strangers on a Train) and Miklós Rózsa (Spellbound). Soundtracks Live! presents … Read more here!
A master of poignant drama as well as rousing western adventures and hilarious comedies, Elmer Bernstein (1922-2004) belonged to the ‘Silver Age’ composers of Hollywood who pioneered the use of jazz idioms in film scoring (primarily with his ingenious score for Otto Preminger’s The Man With the Golden Arm in 1955). He had a striking gift for melody and penned themes that were both memorable, beautiful and catchy. In collaboration with his son Peter Bernstein, who followed in the footsteps of his father and … Read more here!
Best known for his ground-breaking music for the films of Alfred Hitchcock, New York-born Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975) was a rebellious film composer who always approached films with the highest artistic integrity imaginable. A romantic at heart but more of a minimalist modernist in practice, Herrmann experimented with highly unusual orchestration and intense motif-driven scoring – he is rightly considered to be the most influential film composer ever. Soundtrack Live! presents a Soundtrack Legends program featuring a wide range of Herrmann’s scores showcasing not only the … Read more here!
A quintessential film composer, Jerry Goldsmith (1929-2004) wrote some of the most ingenious, inventive and clever scores to be heard in mainstream Hollywood cinema during the span of four decades. This Soundtrack Legends concert program showcases his most brilliant scores ranging from the modernist Planet of the Apes to the spirited and heroic Supergirl, from the off- and upp-beat Capricorn One to the charmingly entertaining Gremlins. Conceived especially for this Soundtracks Live presentation is the “California Noir Suite” (featuring themes from Basic Instinct, Chinatown and L.A. Confidential) as well as a brand … Read more here!