A to Z of the CBSO

Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Saturday 19th September, 7.00pm

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Featuring

  • Vivaldi Four Seasons (excerpt)
  • Zimmer Pirates of the Carribean
  • Williams – Star Wars = encore

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Put 90 top-flight musicians on one stage, and there’s no limit to what they can do. Three centuries in the making, the symphony orchestra is still the ultimate piece of music technology: at home in the concert hall or the movie studio, and capable of summoning up over 300 years of music in breathtaking live sound. Tonight, Michael Seal and the full CBSO walk you through an A to Z of the orchestra: with music ranging from Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine to Hans Zimmer’s Pirates of the Caribbean!

If you’re not sure where to begin with the CBSO, come along for just a tenner to find out more. And if you’re a regular – why not bring a friend to introduce them?

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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. http://www.CBSO.co.uk

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Review by Paul Marston, BehindTheArras:

Click here for full review

…     “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.”     …

21st Century Soundtracks

Tuesday 19 July 2011 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121-780 3333

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Dirk Brossé conductor

Including music from:Slumdog Millionaire •Lord of the Rings •Pirates of the Caribbean • Atonement • Paul •Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire • Lagaan •The King’s Speech • Chicken Run • Love Actually •Pride and Prejudice • There Will Be Blood

Gandalf defying the Balrog… dazzling Bollywood dance routines… plasticine chickens with goofy grins… the sparkle in Captain Jack Sparrow’s eye. Let the truly sensational music that accompanied these unforgettable moments bring them flooding back. In this spectacular opening concert of our Soundtrack to your Summer festival, we celebrate the very latest classics of the silver screen, many of which are featured in Classic FM’s movie music chart. From soaring romance to white-knuckle thrills, these are the soundtracks to all our lives – performed with passion in the glittering surroundings of Symphony Hall. The adventure starts here!

Williams: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone– Suite
Shore: Theme from Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring
Marianelli: Pride and Prejudice – Suite
Greenwood: Music from There Will Be Blood
Rahman: Slumdog Millionaire – Suite
Gregson-Williams: Chronicles of Narnia – Royal Coronation

Interval

Zimmer: Finale from Pirates of the Caribbean Suite
Desplat: The King’s Speech  – Suite (Premiere)
Rahman: Theme from Lagaan
Marianelli: Excerpts from Atonement
Arnold: ‘Goodbye (It’s a little awkward)’ from Paul (Premiere)
Armstrong: ‘Glasgow Love Theme’ from Love Actually / ‘Cello Theme’ from World Trade Center
Powell / Gregson-Williams: ‘Escape to Paradise’ from Chicken Run
Encore reprise Zimmer: Pirates of the Caribbean
 

“Musical scores for silent films unearthed in Birmingham” :
www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2011/jul/14/musical-scores-silent-films-birmingham …
“Some of the tunes will be heard for the first time in 80 years next Tuesday – not even the librarians have heard them yet – at the launch of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s film music festival, when they will be performed at a free pre-concert event by Ben Dawson, the CBSO’s pianist.”

‘Cinematic treasures’ of the silent movie: http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9543000/9543271.stm