Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Lights, Cameras, The Oscars!...A musical tribute


Most of us instantly recognize the first few notes of songs from many Academy Award winning films.

The melancholy longing of Moon River as Audrey Hepburn's "Holly Go Lightly" stares into a Tiffany window display after a night out, not wanting to go home. Somewhere Over The Rainbow where Dorothy dreams about a world far beyond her Kansas farm. The first few notes of the theme song from Chariots of Fire has played through everyone's head at one time or another.....instantly recognizable and quietly uplifting.

Many of these beautiful compositions were brought to life by the Las Vegas Philharmonic last Saturday night at Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, their resident venue for a year now. It was a one night only event. I like these. They can be very special because there is certainly no trace of monotony in the performance like there can be in long running shows. This orchestra did not disappoint!

A few of the members of the Las Vegas Philharmonic. Courtesy of Jennifer Scott.

For me, two of the best of the night were Let The River Run,  from "Working Girl", and the Theme from Rocky, (every underdog's victory anthem). I forget how amazing this composition is on its own even without the visual of Sylvester Stallone running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

However, the tears came quickly to Unchained Melody and My Heart Will Go On, thinking of the recent loss of my mother, and my father's daily struggle to carry on without her as the date for their 50th anniversary approaches. 

Nat Chandler and Teri Dale Hansen rounded out the experience with superior vocals. The songs varied greatly in style and era, and on top of that Reynolds Hall is huge, so that's no easy feat!

The final event of the Las Vegas Philharmonic season is "Celestial Bodies", May 4.



POPS IV
Lights, Camera, The Oscars!
Guest Conductor Randall Craig Fleischer
Guest artists:Teri Dale Hansen, Soprano
Nat Chandler, Baritone

Tara's Theme, Gone With The Wind............................Max Steiner, Arr. Frank Campbell
The Trolley Song, Meet Me in St. Louis.......................Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin, Arr. Wayne Barker
The Way You Look Tonight, Swing Time......................Jerome Kern, Arr. Wayne Barker
I've Got You Under My Skin, Born to Dance................Cole Porter, Arr. Wayne Barker
Over the Rainbow, Wizard of Oz..................................Harold Arlen, Arr. Richard Hayman
Evita Highlights............................................................Andrew Lloyd Weber, Arr. Calvin Custer
Don't Rain on My Parade, Funny Girl..........................Jule Styne, Arr. Richard Hayman
Gigi, from Gigi.............................................................Frederick Lowe, Arr. John Russo
A Whole New World, Aladdin.......................................Alan Menken, Arr. Danny Troob
Let The River Run, Working Girl.................................Carly Simon, Arr. Rick Bassett
Tribute to John Williams...(Star Wars/Jaws/Superman/Harry Potter).......John Williams
Moon River, Breakfast at Tiffany's...............................Henry Mancini, Arr. Wayne Barker
The Days of Wine and Roses, (song same)................Henry Mancini, Arr. Richard Hayman
Victor Victoria Medley..................................................Henry Mancini
Chariots of Fire...........................................................Vengelis, Arr. Jim Riley
Rocky Highlights..........................................................Bill Conti, Arr. Robert Lowden
Unchained Melody, Ghost...........................................Alex North, Hy Zaret,  Arr. Eric Walton
My Heart Will Go On, Titanic.......................................James Horner, Arr. Wayne Barker
(I've Had) The Time of my Life, Dirty Dancing.............Previte, DeNicola, Markowitz, Arr. Joseph Joubert


Presented by Friends of the Las Vegas Philharmonic



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Las Vegas Philharmonic Fanfare 2012...
Sampler from YouTube Channel lvphilvideos




Las Vegas Philharmonic website



All photos provided by the Las Vegas Philharmonic

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Excerpts from LVPhil.org

Boldly go with the Las Vegas Philharmonic on an otherworldly journey in this final concert of the 2012/13 season. Gustav Holst completed his score of The Planets in 1916, inspired by astrolabes and 60 years before NASA would transmit the first pictures from the surface of Mars. At these performances we will hear his score and see high-definition images of our solar system that Holst could never have dreamed possible. The program begins with Hugo Alvén's invigorating Rhapsody on a Swedish folk theme, and the Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde, in honor of the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth.

About Us

On July 4th, 1998, the Las Vegas Philharmonic launched its classical music presence in Southern Nevada, bringing a refined new cultural dimension to the city. The presentation of five Masterworks Series concerts and four Pops Series concerts in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts October 2012 through May 2013 will be the orchestra's first full season in the new venue, which opened in March 2012, as its resident orchestra, and connotes another important milestone in the continued growth of the organization.



Footnote:

I ran across this while writing this blog....an inspiring piece of film history.
 
Theme from Rocky clip...Gonna Fly Now...YouTube




Wikipedia.org/Philharmonic

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