“On the Waterfront,” “Back to the Future” and “Hooray for Hollywood” will anchor the 2015/16 CSO at the Movies Series, three film programs with music performed live by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
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The series will begin Oct. 23 with Leonard Bernstein’s score to director Elia Kazan’s Academy Award-winning drama “On the Waterfront” (1954). Next up on March 4 is Alan Silvestri’s score to the Robert Zemeckis classic “Back to the Future” (1985), featuring 15 minutes of newly composed music added for this presentation. Closing out the series on May 6 is “Hooray for Hollywood,” with music by Jerry Goldsmith, Bernard Herrmann, Max Steiner, Herbert Stothart and more, in a celebration of iconic films and music from every era of Hollywood history.
Depicting a seedy world of corruption and violence among East Coast dockworkers, “On the Waterfront” brought the best actor Oscar to Marlon Brando. The film’s dark undercurrent runs through Bernstein’s score, performed by the CSO and led by conductor Richard Kaufman.
Marking its 30th anniversary, “Back to the Future” (1985), starring Michael J. Fox as teenager Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd as the eccentric Doc Brown, follows the pair’s adventures as they travel in a car-turned-time machine back to the 1950s. Film composer and conductor David Newman will lead the CSO in this one-night-only event.
Kaufman returns to the podium to lead the CSO in “Hooray for Hollywood,” featuring music and clips from “Citizen Kane” (1941), “Gone With the Wind” (1939), “King Kong” (1933), “A Trip to the Moon” (1902) by Georges Méliès, Star Trek — The Motion Picture (1979) and more.
Additional film programming for the 2015/16 season consists of three holiday screenings Dec. 11-13 of the comedy Home Alone, with a score by Oscar-winning composer John Williams. These CSO Special Concert performances feature members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, led by Kaufman.
PHOTO: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs the score to “The Godfather.” | © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2015