Artists of The Royal Conservatory explore chamber music written by
Hollywood film composers
From Friday, April 8 to Sunday, April 10, ARC (Artists of The Royal Conservatory), a resident ensemble at The Royal Conservatory of
Music featuring the faculty of the Glenn Gould School, presents
Reelmusic - a weekend exploring chamber works written by film composers
from the "Golden Age" of Hollywood Music (the period
from the 1930s to the 1950s).
All concerts take place at the Royal Ontario Museum. Composers
whose chamber music will be featured include Erich Korngold (The
Adventures of Robin Hood), Bernard Herrman (Citizen Kane, Psycho,
Vertigo, Taxi Driver), Miklos Rozsa (Quo Vadis, Ben Hur and Spellbound),
as well as Nino Rota (The Godfather, La Dolce Vita, La Strada).
The Reelmusic weekend begins on Friday April 8 with a special
screening of Carl Dreyer's 1928 silent movie La Passion de Jeanne
d'Arc, with an especially improvised score performed by students
and teachers of The Glenn Gould School, led by jazz pianist/composer
Marilyn Lerner. The Reelmusic weekend continues on Saturday,
April 9 and Sunday, April 10 with two concerts performed by the
"Reelmusic - the name inspired by Arthur Honegger's essay "From
the Cinema of Sound to Real Music" - explores the chamber
works of composers whose creative lives were absorbed by the
cinema," says Simon Wynberg, Artistic Director of ARC. "The
spotlight is turned principally to Hollywood composers, because
for most of us the Hollywood tradition is the one with which
we grew up and continue to experience."
Many composers had reservations about the status and legitimacy
of scoring for the cinema rather than the concert hall. Hollywood
film was a new, mass-market entertainment with little of the
cultural, class or academic prestige that accompanied opera and
concert music. And although Hollywood made it possible for composers
to write imaginative and elaborate music and to have it appreciated
by millions, during the 1930s and 1940s, film music's inherent
value and its permanence were questioned as often by critics
as by the composers themselves. Was music of the cinema "real" music?
In assembling the repertoire for ARC's two Reelmusic programs,
Wynberg separated the composers who dedicated themselves exclusively
to film - major figures like Alfred Newman, Max Steiner, Dimitri
Tiomkin and Elmer Bernstein wrote very little concert music and
practically no published chamber music - from those who were
active away from the soundstage. Ennio Morricone is a prime example:
his pointilistic chamber pieces are diametrically different from
the melting lyricism of The Mission and Cinema Paradiso or the
evocative, bleak music he composed for Sergio Leone's westerns.
Several other composers, emigrés like Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Franz
Waxman and Erich Korngold, ended up writing for Hollywood through
political circumstance or sheer happenstance.
ARC is The Royal Conservatory's resident ensemble. Led by Artistic
Director Simon Wynberg, this group of virtuosi - all faculty
at The Glenn Gould School - is dedicated to the performance of
chamber music, and to creating diverse and compelling programs.
ARC ensemble are: James Anagnoson, Leslie Kinton, David Louie
and Dianne Werner (pianos); Atis Bankas and Erika Raum (violins);
Steven Dann (viola); Andrew McCandless (trumpet) and Joel Quarrington
For the performance of Reelmusic, ARC has also invited special
guest Josephine Knight, principal cellist of the English Chamber
Orchestra, as well as three exceptionally talented students at
the Glenn Gould School: Zsolt Eder (violin), Mary-Kathryn Stevens
(viola) and Olenka Slywynska (mezzo-soprano).
Founded in 1886, The Royal Conservatory of Music is the largest
and oldest independent arts educator in Canada, serving more
than 500,000 active participants each year. Based in Toronto,
Canada, it offers extraordinary opportunities for learning and
personal development through music and the arts in all Canadian
provinces and increasingly in a number of international settings.
Later this spring, The Royal Conservatory of Music begins construction
of its state-of-the-art TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning.
Scheduled to open in 2007, the new facility will feature new
academic and performance space, including practice and teaching
studios and an acoustically excellent 1,000-seat concert hall.
For more information, please contact Jack Kado, Director of Public Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (416) 408 2824, ext. 461.