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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Concert to bring Hollywood to new theater on Oct. 15

Knowing he would oversee the first performance in Antelope Valley College’s Performing Arts Theatre, artistic director Dr. David Newby wanted to make sure the Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale (AVSOMC) could deliver a memorable concert on Oct. 15 for a wide range of musical tastes.

Thus emerged the concept of “Symphonic Cinema,” a live performance of movie soundtracks with film clips from such classic movies as “Goldfinger,” Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” and “Vertigo,” “Gone With the Wind,” “Chinatown,” “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “The Day the Earth Stood Still.”

The concert will be held 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at the campus Performing Arts Theatre, 3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. A curtain-raiser preview at 7 p.m. by film and television instructor Alissa Welsch will focus on film and the music in films.

In addition to film scores, the symphony will perform the themes from such popular TV shows as “The Twilight Zone,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.,” and “I Spy.”

“It’s going to be so much fun,” said Newby, who will direct the performance. “The thing I’d like people to know is if they’re not normal symphony or choir-goers, they should come anyway. This was designed to be fun for everybody.

“The evening is designed to be a celebration of music and also film. We’re trying to make this feel as much like a Hollywood premiere as possible,” Newby said.

Adding to the Hollywood feel will be a spotlight and red carpet in front of the new 406-seat theater. Inside, attendees will see local luminaries on stage introducing films and corresponding clips – similar to what one would see at the Academy Awards. 

“There’s a surprising range in the films and in the music. They’re all very different,” said Newby.

Newby will call upon a 50-piece symphony orchestra for the evening, with the master chorale performing on three pieces by Oscar-winning composer Henry Mancini -- “Days of Wine and Roses,” “Charade” and “Moon River.”

The first half of the concert will feature music by composer Bernard Herrmann, who is particularly known for his collaborations with film director Hitchcock.

The latter part of the concert will include music from other movies and TV shows, with “a surprise at the end,” according to Newby.

The concert marks the season opening for AVSOMC. 

Tickets are available online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com (event #194092). Anyone interested in season tickets for AVSOMC should contact Lisa Kinison, (661) 722-9790.