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The maestro is going to the movies


June 06. 2013 6:38PM

By - mbiebel@civitasmedia.com - (570) 991-6109







IF YOU GO

What: ‘Maestro at the Movies: Action, Adventure & Academy Awards,’ the Pops season finale

Who: Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, with guest pianist Sacha Vionov

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton

Tickets: $29 to $60; $15 students

More info: 570-341-1568



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You hear those first four sweeping notes of the theme from “Gone With the Wind” — it’s called “Tara” — and a picture of Rhett bending Scarlett backward for a kiss leaps into your movie-fan mind.


Along comes a jazzy tune from “An American in Paris,” and suddenly images of Gene Kelly are tap dancing through your brain.


And who among us can experience that first measure of composer John Williams’ theme from “Jaws” without thinking of a big, blood-thirsty shark?


“John Williams was able to strike terror with just a few notes,” said conductor Larry Loh, who will lead the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic on Saturday evening in Scranton during a concert titled “Maestro at the Movies: Action, Adventure & Academy Awards.”


This final concert of the philharmonic’s 2012-13 season will include music from James Bond films, “Shine,” “E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Gone With the Wind” and more.


People recognize it, and that makes it even more fun, Loh said, adding he’s glad the music of “Les Miserables” was recently included in a popular movie, because that made it an easy choice to add to the concert list.


The music written for the many incarnations of Agent .007 represents a variety of different styles, Loh said, explaining the concert will include a medley with themes from “Goldfinger,” “For Your Eyes Only” and “Live and Let Die.”


While his own favorite might be John Williams’ score for “E.T.”, Loh said, another highlight of the concert will be Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, which many people will recognize from its use in the 1996 movie “Shine.”


Teenage piano prodigy Sacha Vionov will perform that piece, which Loh described as “beautiful music.”


It’s one of the most difficult piano concertos, Loh added, but Vionov can handle it.


“He’s incredible,” said the director, who met Vionov in Pittsburgh when he was about 10 or 11 years old. Not only did the prodigy demonstrate some fine piano-playing for the maestro at the time, “the boy composed music on the spot.”




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