Then & Now 8/23: Music and the Movies
On this date in 1934, the Berkshire Symphonic Festival was founded in Stockbridge, Mass., by American composer and conductor Henry Hadley, with the participation of the New York Philharmonic. When the Philharmonic dropped the series two years later, the Boston Symphony stepped in and moved the festival to Tanglewood and expanded the concert series into a kind of intensive summer camp for young musicians and composers. Among those who participated were Leonard Bernstein and Lukas Foss.
That festival is underway right now, and this Friday, Keith Lockhart conducts the Boston Pops in a presentation of Steven Spielberg's family adventure, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. John Williams' Academy Award-winning score will be performed live by the Boston Pops while the audience enjoys the movie on the big screen. And the Florida Orchestra is doing something similar in late September when they present Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™. The audience will be able to enjoy the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score live. More information is online at www.floridaorchestra.org