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Something Williams this way comes in the ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’

“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (2004), third in the hugely successful series of Warner Bros. films based on…

Emil de Cou believes movie scores help break down barriers in concert halls

Live-action movie soundtracks have rebooted the orchestra pops concert just in time, Emil de Cou believes. De Cou, who will…

Roger Ebert on ‘The Prisoner of Azkaban’: Harry fights back

“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (2004) became a pivotal episode of the blockbuster film series, based on the…

‘American in Paris’ conductor draws on opera training

Growing up around opera and working on Broadway proved to be excellent training for conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos in his work…

Roger Ebert on the charms of ‘An American in Paris’

In 1928, George Gershwin wrote his orchestral suite An American in Paris, and two decades later, it inspired a movie musical…

Bernard Herrmann’s energetic score propels ‘North by Northwest’

New York-born composer Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975) wrote for every medium of his time: radio, television, movies, opera, stage and concert…

Close encounters of the creative kind: Richard Kaufman and John Williams

The first time Richard Kaufman met film composer John Williams, the former was playing violin as the latter conducted during…

Ebert on the sense of wonder evoked by ‘The Empire Strikes Back’

In the late ’90s, Lucasfilm began rolling out “Special Editions” of the first “Star Wars” trilogy: “Star Wars” (1977), “The…

Perfectly ‘Frank’: The electrifying entrance of Boris Karloff

On the night of June 16, 1816, a group of writers — including Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft…

Torn again: How James Whale and Franz Waxman made a monster score

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra presented the world-premiere “live” performance of Franz Waxman’s score to James Whale’s “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935) during…

Ebert hails the comic genius of Mel Brooks’ ‘Young Frankenstein’

The Universal horror franchise receives an affectionate homage with Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” (1974), which the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will present Oct….