Another way to do that, though, is to attend a unique collaboration that's happening Friday (
Co-produced by The Grand Cinema and the
"Music is so much a part of every film," said
Powers approached the TSO, who liked the idea and wanted to co-produce it as a benefit. All of the night's proceeds, including sales from drinks and desserts, will support programming for both organizations.
But out of the thousands of movies made since silent-film days, how did they choose which scores to put into a concert?
"I started by polling all of our staff, asking for their 10 favorite songs or movie scores," Powers said. "Then I cross-referenced that list with all the scores that have gotten a nomination or win at the Academy Awards."
The TSO advised on what could be scored for nine strings, and Powers built a program that starts with "Gone With the Wind" (1939), traverses favorites like "The Sound of Music" (1965) and "Lady in Red" (1979), acknowledges classics like
"In the 1930s, film technology allowed directors to mix music, sound effects and speech, so people started experimenting (with film music)," said John Paul, incoming music chairman at
The first was the score for "Gone with the Wind," said Paul, which the composer suggested the studio create as a separate soundtrack. The studio said nobody would buy it -- but the rest is history. Film scores went on to include hit songs (like "When You Wish Upon a Star" from "Pinocchio," which will be in tonight's program), to be more experimental in the sci-fi 1960s, to be influenced and influence classical music (like scores by
A musician himself, Powers booked a range of
"Almost everybody will know at least 15 out of these 20 pieces," Powers said, adding that he hopes the concert will become an annual event.
So with all these award-winning scores, is there a recipe for a musical movie hit?
"If I knew that, I would write it!" Paul said. "It has to be singable, hummable, memorable. It needs to have a shape, like the classical arc form, which is how we speak. And it needs a bit of repetition."
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