New York Pops Presents A Night in Hollywood April 4 at Carnegie Hall
By: Ellis Nassour
You’ll be at Carnegie Hall in Stern Auditorium, where all great concerts are presented, but on Friday, April 4, at 8 P.M., you’ll be able to taste fresh-popped corn. The legendary New York Pops Orchestra, under music director and conductor Steven Reineke, will take the Perleman Stage to perform Lights, Camera, Action: A Night in Hollywood, film music classics from celebrated cinema composers Miklós Rózsa, Ennio Morricone, and Marvin Hamlisch, not to mention celebrated pop composers Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg. Joining the orchestra will be Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA, one of New York’s preeminent choral ensembles.
"One of the signs of a great film score is its ability to transport you to another world," states Reineke, "so even when no words are spoken, you’re completely immersed in the lives of the characters onscreen. The landscape of cinema music is as limitless as the human imagination. Our April 4th program will take you from an ancient Rome and right down the Yellow Brick Road.
"The New York Pops will not only pay tribute to two great film composers but also celebrate two milestones in movie music history," adds Reineke. "We’ll celebrate the legacy of Marvin Hamlisch, whose songs and scores transformed the soundtrack of American life. Then, we’ll commemorate the 75th anniversary of the quintessential M-G-M
musical, The Wizard of Oz, which has inspired generations to dream what lies over the rainbow."
Memorable movie musical moments will include the choral suite "Star of Bethlehem/Adoration of the Magi" from Oscar-winning Best Picture Ben-Hur by three-time Oscar winner Miklos Rozsa [including Ben-Hur], who’s been nominated 19 times; and the "Gabriel’s Oboe/On Earth As It Is in Heaven" suite from Oscar-nominated Best Picture The Misson from Oscar-nominee Ennio Morricone’s score [one of five nominated].
The Hamlisch tribute will be accompanied by "What I Did for Love", from Marvin Hamlisch’s A Chorus Line; the Oz tribute by Arlen’s choral suite. In addition, there’ll be selections from The Dark Knight, Forrest Gump, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Tickets for The New York Pops’ Lights, Camera, Action: A Night in Hollywood are $17 – $120 and available at the Carnegie Hall box office and www.carnegiehall.org [service fees apply].