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 Posted:   Mar 22, 2002 - 10:57 AM   
 By:   lars b   (Member)

Schermerhorn to fill bill for London Symphony

Kenneth Schermerhorn
Staff Writer

The replacement for ailing Hollywood film composer Jerry Goldsmith, who'll miss his scheduled movie-themed appearance here next month with the London Symphony Orchestra, will be familiar: none other than Kenneth Schermerhorn.

The Nashville Symphony music director will be introduced today as the conductor who'll lead the London orchestra in an April 28 pops concert at Gaylord Entertainment Center, which will be configured to seat 10,000 for the event.

The movie music on the program, including themes from Star Wars, E.T., Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan and Schindler's List, is only one part of the evening. Indoor fireworks and a laser show are planned, and a giant video screen installation will show clips from the movies along with live close-ups of the performing musicians.

In addition, in the Gaylord lobby, concertgoers will file past an ''artifact show'' of recent movie icons. Included are a 9-foot monster used as a backup in the Alien films and now owned by a private Swiss collector; Mel Gibson's costume from Braveheart; characters from Star Wars such as Darth Vader and R2D2; and Star Trek paraphernalia.

Promoter Jeff Bown, whose Nashville-based production company is bringing the London orchestra to town, said that Schermerhorn, who almost never conducts full-blown pops concerts here, will add a ''hometown flair'' to the event, which features one of the most celebrated of European orchestras.

''When Jerry was not available, my first recommendation to the board of the LSO was Kenneth. It helps bring the event home to Nashville.''

Schermerhorn also will travel to Birmingham, Ala., and then to London with the orchestra to repeat the program at the Barbican in early May.

Nearly 60% of the tickets for the Gaylord event have been sold, Bown said.

When i say it's great, i'm still unhappy that Jerry isn't there, but this is better than no concert at all.
I still hope for a speedy recovery for Mr. Goldsmith.

 Posted:   Mar 22, 2002 - 11:25 AM   
 By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

Well--you can hope, I suppose. Schemmerhorn used to be the conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony (where I call home), and he could always be counted on to choose the absolutely slowest tempo for anything.

A friend who plays with the symphony still has memories of the funereal pace Schmmerhorn imposed on Korngold's "Symphony in F."

I'd be curious to hear how he does with a program of film music.

 Posted:   Mar 22, 2002 - 12:05 PM   
 By:   michael f   (Member)

This is bullshit. I paid to see/hear Goldsmith do Goldsmith, not Schermerhorn do Williams. Why change the program? What the hell are the people in Gaylord management thinking?

It's like buying Elvis tickets and getting Perry Como.

This absolutely sucks.

 Posted:   Mar 22, 2002 - 1:05 PM   
 By:   Pete Greenhill   (Member)

If the London concert on May 2nd has the same programme and conductor I'll be claiming my refund!

 Posted:   Mar 22, 2002 - 1:21 PM   
 By:   JJH   (Member)

it's the LSO.

it's great film music, whether it's Williams or Goldsmith.

I say just go ahead and go.
I know it's disappointing about JG not being there and all, how often do you get to hear a world class orchestra like the LSO?

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