Heroes and Villains: Music from Hollywood Films

SPARTANBURG, SC (Oct 31, 2018) –On November 10th, the Spartanburg Philharmonic continues its 90th season with Pops concert, Heroes and Villains: Music from Hollywood Films. Tickets range from $35-$55 with teacher and youth under 22 prices at 50% off. Classical Conversations returns at 6pm and the concert will begin at 7pm at Twichell Auditorium at Converse College. Valet parking is provided at no cost.

“There’s a little bit of hero and villain in all of us! Taking out what you would normally see on the big screen for these movies will allow the listener to appreciate what these composers have written. Sometimes, the music tells an even greater story than what the visuals can,” says Executive Director of the Philharmonic, Kathryn Boucher.

This concert comes on the heels of the sold-out pops concert, The Music of John Williams, in the Spring. “Spartanburg enjoys music that is multi-generational,” Boucher adds. “We picked this program with that in mind.” Director of Marketing, Rachel Hansen remembers a moment during the John Williams concert that made her very passionate about continually providing multigenerational concerts. "I sat in the middle towards the back of Twichell and saw a family of four a few rows in front of me. During A Tribute to John Williams, I kept seeing the father of these kids smile, turn to them and tell them which movie the music was from. 'This one is from Jaws' he would say or 'Oh man, this is Jurassic Park. the dinosaur movie." You could tell that he was thrilled to be able to share some of his own childhood memories with his kids through the music. We wanted another opportunity for these special memories and connections to take place hence Heroes and Villains."

The concert will feature some of Hollywood’s most recognizable hero and villain soundtracks including Pirates of the Caribbean, James Bond, Mulan and Batman: The Dark Knight. Some of John Williams pieces will also return.

New Music Director Stefan Sanders says, “We can’t wait to perform this fun and engaging program of popular film music next week. For many, film scores are one’s very first introduction into orchestral music. Movie music is also so much fun to play for the orchestra!” Sanders also chose a piece by his good friend, Eric Whitacre, entitled “Godzilla Eats Las Vegas.” He says that essentially this piece is for a movie that was never made. Whitacre, a Grammy-winning composer and conductor who was Sanders’ suite mate at Juilliard is thrilled about his piece being played in Spartanburg. “Stefan was easily the funniest person at Juilliard. Always making us laugh, sometimes had us in tears.”

When asked how this composition came to be, Whitacre explains that it was inspired by feedback that he had received from his composition jury. “After my first year as a master’s student at Juilliard, my composition jury told me they would like me to think about writing more ’serious’ works. I guess I just have a natural infantile response to authority, and Godzilla was born. My professors didn’t laugh when I presented them with the finished score.” Whitacre adds that his favorite part of the piece is when the dog barks. “Somehow having an entire symphony orchestra waiting in silence while one of the players makes barking sounds makes me laugh every time.”

Choirs from Spartanburg High School and Dorman High School will be joining Sanders on Whitacre’s piece as well. “We are very happy to be collaborating with students from these schools.” The choirs will also be singing in John Williams’s Hymm to the Fallen and Bob Lowden’s arrangement of Armed Forces Salute.

Join the Philharmonic for a wonderful night of cinematic music and get ready for some good laughs during Godzilla Eats Las Vegas. Costumes are welcomed but there will also be kids’-sized capes and masks available for purchase.

About Spartanburg Philharmonic
The Spartanburg Philharmonic’s mission is to enrich, inspire and educate through live performances of high-quality music. Founded in 1948, the Spartanburg Philharmonic is comprised of professional musicians from diverse backgrounds who form an ensemble capable of performing a variety of musical styles and repertoire. This year, we celebrate our 90th season. www.spartanburgphilharmonic.org

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