The Wizard of Oz

Birmingham International Concert Season 2011/12

Friday 4th May 2012

Symphony Hall

BBC Symphony Orchestra
John Wilson conductor

The Wizard of Oz (film screening, Certificate U)

Each performance lasts approximately 1 hour 45 minutes with no interval.

Film Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

We’re off to see the wizard! John Wilson conducts this lavish orchestral score as a live accompaniment to a screening of the magical 1939 movie, complete with original vocals. Forget scratchy soundtracks: this is the chance to hear Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Follow the Yellow Brick Road and all your favourites in vivid orchestral technicolour – the perfect Bank Holiday treat for munchkins of all ages.

‘The debonair flair of a matinee idol. He drew a fabulous quality of sound from his outstanding orchestra.’ The Guardian on John Wilson at the BBC Proms

Review by Chris Caspell, ClassicalSource:

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…      “The film has been shown on television many times and yet a two-thirds-full Symphony Hall demonstrated that, over seventy-years later, it still has pulling power. Indeed many of the younger members of the audience, perhaps seeing the movie for the first time, were as engaged in the adventures of Dorothy as were their parents and grandparents. The ‘feel-good’ factor has clearly not diminished.     […]

[…]     The quantity and quality of underscoring that is heard in The Wizard of Oz is surprising. Of the 101 minutes of film, as much as three-quarters (maybe more) has musical accompaniment. As with many of the best film scores, the music is complimentary to the action: an enhancement, never a distraction. ”     …