January 7, 2005
Film Scores Flash Back to Flatbush
Mauceri brings movie music to famed composers' Brooklyn roots
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra music director and movie-music champion John
Mauceri will conduct several rarely heard pieces – including several
from films – with the Brooklyn Philharmonic next weekend.
The program, titled "Brooklyn Goes Hollywood," will focus on
Brooklyn-born composers including Bernard Herrmann, Aaron Copland,
Arnold Schoenberg, George Gershwin and John Corigliano. It is
scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Brooklyn Academy of
On the program will be Herrmann's prelude to North by
Northwest (1959) and Psycho: A Narrative for
Orchestra. The latter is Herrmann's own 14-minute
distillation of excerpts from his classic 1960 score for the Hitchcock
The Copland selection is the eight-minute suite from The
Heiress, the 1949 film that won the composer his only Academy
Award. Corigliano's love theme from Altered States
(1980) and, in its New York premiere, Gershwin's "Watch Your Step"
ballet from Shall We Dance (1937), his last
orchestral composition, round out the movie-related works.
Mauceri will also conduct two late tonal works of Schoenberg – a
Hollywood resident and sometime teacher of Gershwin – the rarely heard
Chamber Symphony No. 2 (completed in Southern
California) and Theme and Variations, Op. 43b.
Mauceri will discuss all of these and play recorded excerpts on the
program "Sound Check," WNYC-FM 93.9 in the New York area, at 2 p.m.
Eastern time Monday, Jan. 10.
Further information is available at www.brooklynphilharmonic.org, or
phone (718) 488-5700.