The New York Philharmonic has a real humdinger of a season coming up, including performances of Mozart’s three final symphonies, the U.S. Premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Frieze coupled with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, four world premieres, and an all-Britten program celebrating the composer’s centennial. And then there's "The Art of the Score," a series of screenings celebrating the art of movie music.
The series kicks off on September 17th and 18th with the orchestra performing the score to clips from Alfred Hitchcock's flims, including Vertigo, Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder, To Catch a Thief, and North by Northwest . And on the 20th and 21st they're screening Stanley Kubrick's 1968 masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, with the score performed live by the Philharmonic. We'll open the pod bay doors for that, if you know what we mean...
According to the Philharmonic's spokesperson, this will be the first time 2001: A Space Odyssey has been screened in its entirety with live orchestra in the United States. From the press announcement:
Celebrated for its technological realism, innovative and Oscar-winning special effects, and bold use of music, the film brought worldwide fame to both Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra and the music of György Ligeti, including Atmosphères, Lux aeterna, Requiem, and Aventures. In one of cinema’s most memorable images, a spaceship floats serenely through space to the strains of Johann Strauss II’s On the Beautiful Blue Danube. Silence is also a key component of the film; the Orchestra will remain onstage for the entire screening, highlighting Kubrick’s strategic and eloquent use of both music and silence in storytelling.
Tickets for the series go on sale this Sunday, August 18th at noon. (Something tells us they will go fast.) The cherry on top is September 21st, when Alec Baldwin will moderate an afternoon discussion called “The Mind, Music, and Moving Images,” featuring the notoriously reticent filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen. They'll be joined by film composer Carter Burwell, who's composed the music for almost all the Coens' films, and neuroscientist Aniruddh D. Patel.
Their conversation will "explore the relationships between music, film, the brain, and human emotion, and the creative process behind the choice and composition of film music and how it impacts the mind." Eight year olds, Dude: