Friday Night Classics: 21st Century Blockbusters

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Friday 6th March 2015 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121 345 0600

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Michael Seal  conductor
Tommy Pearson  presenter
Roopa Panesar  sitar

Williams ‘Hedwig’s Theme’ from Harry Potter/Philosopher’s Stone
Williams‘The Knight Bus’ from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Zimmer ‘Jack Sparrow’ from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Shore ‘Over Hill/Dreaming of Bag End’ from The Hobbit
Greenwood Music from There Will Be Blood
Armstrong ‘Glasgow Love Theme’ from Love, Actually
Zimmer Gladiator – ‘The Battle’
Rahman Slumdog Millionaire: Suite
Williams Star Wars Ep.III: Revenge of the Sith – ‘Battle of the Heroes’
Powell The Bourne Ultimatum – Faces Without Names
Horner Main Theme from Avatar
Giacchino Star Trek Into Darkness
Williams War Horse – ‘Dartmoor 1912’
Arnold/Price Sherlock suite
Powell How To Train Your Dragon

Encore – Williams – ‘Aunt Marge’s Waltz’ from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

A film doesn’t have to be old to be a classic. Think of the magic of Harry Potter, the sheer spectacle of Avatar and The Hobbit, the swashbuckling fun of Pirates of the Caribbean and the heartbreak of War Horse. And admit it… you’re already humming the tunes! Great music from great modern movies, delivered with flair by conductor Michael Seal and the full 80-piece City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.


Review by Paul Marston, BehindTheArras:

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…     “The music, much of it by the remarkable John Williams, was powerful and dramatic, providing opportunities for some delightful solo contributions from members of the 80-piece orchestra.

Williams’ Battle of the Heroes from Star Wars Episode III, Revenge of the Sith, contrasting with his beautiful, more gentle piece, Dartmoor 1912 from War Horse.

Other highlights included Howard Shore’s nostalgic melody for The Hobit: An Unexpected Journey, and James Homer’s stirring theme, I See You, from Avatar.

Another treat for the audience came with the stunning performance by Roopa Panesar, one of the finest sitar players to emerge on the Indian music scene in the UK, when she joined the orchestra for A.A. Rahman’s music for the suite from Slumdog Millionaire.”     …

The Music of A. R. Rahman


Wednesday 4 September 2013 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121 345 0600

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 

Matt Dunkley  conductor

Noreen Khan  presenter

Shin DCS  tenor

Roopa Panesar  sitar

Lisa Mallett  flute

Lilly-Jane Young  soprano

Sandor Stürbl  tenor

CBSO Chorus  

Suite from Warriors of Heaven and Earth

Theme from Lagaan

Chaiyya Chaiyya – with Shin DCS and Roopa Panesar

Suite from The Rising: The Ballad of Mangal Pandey

Cry of the Rose from Roja – with Lisa Mallett

Suite from Robot (Enthiran)

Nahi Samne from Taal – with Shin DCS

Suite from 127 Hours

Suite from Lord of the RIngs  – with Lilly-Jane Young and Sandor Stürbl


Theme from Bombay – with Lisa Mallett

A Tribute to Indian Composers – medley featuring R K Sekhar, M S Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy, Naushad Ali, Ilayaraja, Madan Mohan, Salil Chowdhury, Lakshmikant-Pyarelal, Jatin-Lalit, Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy, A R Rahman, R D Burman

Suite from Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Theme from Swades – with Mark Bousie, accordion

Suite from Subhash Bose: The Forgotten Hero

Changing Seasons from Ravaan – with Shin DCS

Suite from Meenaxi: Tale of Three Cities

Suite from Slumdog Millionaire – with Roopa Panesar, encore with Shin DCS

He’s been called “the Mozart of Madras” – and composer A. R. Rahman is a true   living legend. His 100-plus film scores include Indian classics such as Lagaan,    Bombay, Roja and Dil Se, whilst Slumdog Millionaire, 127   Hours and Elizabeth: The Golden Age have brought his irresistible   brand of melody to audiences around the world. Tonight, with conductor Matt   Dunkley and presenter Noreen   Khan we bring you a spectacular full orchestral tribute to A. R. Rahman   and his music, from the film scores such as Bombay and The Lord of   the Rings. You’ll never hear them sound better than in the sensational acoustic   of Birmingham’s world-famous Symphony Hall.

Lilly-Jane Young and Sandor Stürbl can also be seen in Peter   Pan: The Never Ending Story featuring classic songs and a score by composer/conductor   Matt Dunkley. Playing at the NIA Academy arena from 20 -22 September.

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