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Bernard Herrmann: More Than the Movies

Schoenberg | Accompaniment to a Film Score
Herrmann | Three Melodrams: A Shropshire Lad, Annabelle Lee, TBA (concert premieres)
Herrmann | Sinfonietta for String Orchestra
Herrmann | Suite from Psycho
Herrmann | Excerpts from Wuthering Heights (New York premiere).

Hall: Ethical Culture Society, Auditorium, 2 West 64th Street
Soprano, TBA; Baritone, Nathan Gunn; Actor, TBA.

Bernard Herrmann: More Than The Movies launches the 2001 season on February 15, honoring Mr. Herrmann. Eos will re-create and perform some of Herrmann’s experimental radio works for narrator and orchestra, Melodrams, as well as chamber music and orchestral works from before and during his Hollywood career. Schoenberg’s Accompaniment to a Film Scene opens a program that pairs Herrmann’s early Sinfonietta with the chilling Suite from Psycho and the New York premiere of excerpts from his opera Wuthering Heights, featuring baritone Nathan Gunn.

Beginning his career in New York, Herrmann was an avid member of new music circles, forming a chamber orchestra in order to pursue a conducting career. His early pieces in the manner of Schoenberg matured as he worked in radio and then Hollywood, and his ambition remained high, even as his film music eclipsed all his other efforts. In the end, he became the most Singular composer in the history of movies, composing motion picture scores for such classics as Citizen Kane, Vertigo and Taxi Driver.

There will be a pre-concert chamber music performance as well as a symposium with music historian and publisher John Waxman. Mr. Waxman’s father, Franz Waxman, was a prolific film composer and Herrmann’s contemporary.“>EOS 2001“>EOS