The Dallas Wind Symphony is performing selections from several film scores in their next two concerts.
The first concert (tomorrow night) includes selections from Alien E.T. Close Encounters Independence Day.
Other Oscar-winning scores will be highlighted in the November concert: The Wizard of Oz The Red Violin Chaconne Oklahoma! Colonel Bogey March from The Bridge on the River Kwai Overture to Captain Blood
For additional details please refer readers to the web site: dws.org.
Also Sprach Zarathustra (from 2001: A Space Odyssey) - Richard Strauss "Mars" from The Planets - Gustav Holst Close Encounters of the Third Kind - John Williams Concerto No. 2 for Trumpet and Band - Fisher Tull Independence Day - David Arnold Alien - Jerry Goldsmith "Adventures on Earth" from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - John Williams
Listen for encore music from Star Wars, the Forest Battle
I write this just having had the rare pleasure of attending this concert in Dallas. The Wind Symphony brings us awesomeness every year but this rose above. Mostly because we were afforded that rarest of things, hearing Jerry Goldsmith's score brought to life in a room.
Just as with the Close Encounters arrangement earlier, what we heard dallied with the dissonance and the gigantic sonic palate available, boisterously teased us with the turbulent depths in play, then quickly resolved to sounds that an elderly lady with a clutch purse could comment upon approvingly, on the way to the car. But Lordy... What she and I and the rest of us heard in that room!
It was thrilling. And yes, I shall say when I am looking back, I heard a live orchestra play "Alien" ... And not just half ass it, but kill it.
If patrons support these concerts, perhaps we'll get more film music.
It is also interesting that the Wind Symphony has mentioned the possibility of recording a CD of music by John Williams. In his younger days, John Williams worked in the Air Force Band. So it was fitting that Williams recently provided special arrangements of his music for the U.S. Marine Band. Such arrangements, for wind band, are very appealing to an ensemble such as the Dallas Wind Symphony. Film music fans should encourage these endeavors.