New York Philharmonic to Celebrate Movie Music

If your clients love music and movies, they'll want to catch this upcoming concert series in New York. The New York Philharmonic will screen the multi-Academy Award-winning film West Side Story, with Leonard Bernstein’s complete score performed live by the Orchestra, led by Academy Award-nominated film composer/conductor David Newman in his Philharmonic debut, Wednesday and Thursday, September 7 and 8, at 7:30 p.m. A new sound technology, developed by Paris-based Audionamix and utilized by Chace Audio by Deluxe, has isolated the dialogue and the vocal tracks, allowing the Orchestra to accompany the film in real time.

This is the first of three music-with-film programs that the New York Philharmonic is presenting in the 2011–12 season. On October 25, at 7:30 p.m., Academy Award- winning composer and conductor John Williams will lead the Orchestra in a performance of orchestral music, with film clips, which will feature excerpts from such classic Hollywood scores as Alex North’s for Spartacus and Bernard Herrmann’s for Vertigo, as well as highlights from Williams’ own career. On November 2–3, at 7:30 p.m., the Philharmonic will celebrate Philip Glass’s 75th birthday year with two concerts featuring the composer’s score for Godfrey Reggio’s 1982 cult film, Koyaanisqatsi, marking the Philharmonic’s first performances of a work by Philip Glass. The performances will feature Philip Glass and the Philip Glass Ensemble (each in their Philharmonic debuts), with Michael Riesman conducting (debut), and the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Joe Miller, director.

Single tickets for the West Side Story performances start at $35. All tickets can be purchased online at nyphil.org or by calling (212) 875-5656, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

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