Mozart at the Movies
Woodwinds and strings and piano and…a theremin? This is not chamber music as you know it. In a performance featuring Mozart alongside film composers Ennio Morricone, whose iconic score reverberated through The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, four-time Grammy-winning Lalo Schifrin, whose music ignites the steamy Tango, and Bernard Herrmann, Miklos Rosza, and Jacques Ibert, Manchester Music Festival’s July 25 concert, Jumpcut: Mozart to Morricone, promises a lively feast for the senses. MMF Artistic Director Ariel Rudiakov has put together an exciting program of film clips and live narration, classical music from classic movies (including Psycho, Spellbound, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Tango), and some unusual instrumentation—including, yes, a theremin—in addition to a full complement of winds and strings.Jumpcut… opens with Mozart’s self-described “best thing I have ever written,” Quintet for piano and winds in E Flat Major (K. 452), written when he was all of 28 years old. It closes with a Shifrin arrangement played by MMF’s talented “Movie Magic Ensemble”—and in-between, twists and turns from the lyrical to the explosive, from Herrmann’s Souvenir de Voyage to selections from Morricone. And of course, the theremin, played by MMF guest artist Darryl Kubian, accompanied by pianist Julio Elizalde and the Festival’s chamber ensemble in a number that will leave listeners Spellbound. Concertgoers can expect an energetic and more than memorable night.
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