Film enthusiasts are sure to remember Janet Leigh’s iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” or perhaps the first time Daniel Craig swaggered onto the screen as James Bond. Now, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic brings the music from those films to life in “From Chinatown to La La Land,” the first in The Chickasaw Nation Pops Series, Nov. 3-4, 8 p.m. at Civic Center Music Hall.
“I want to give the audience a kind of 100-year whirlwind tour of film music and song in Hollywood,” Byrne said. “These are scores I loved and grew up listening to in Ireland. John Williams, Korngold, Max Steiner, Howard Shore, Henry Mancini.”
The program includes something for everybody, from Disney’s “Wish Upon a Star” to John Williams’ “Star Wars.” Other features include scores from “West Side Story,” “Jaws” and “Gone with the Wind,” concluding with Mancini’s timeless “Moon River.”
“Audiences can expect a mix of classic Hollywood and new film scores from the last 90 years,” Byrne said. “The titans of Hollywood who invented these film scores as we know it to more modern scores like the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘La La Land.’ This will be a fun night of movie magic!”
Golden Globe-nominated composer Brian Byrne is the guest conductor. The concert will feature two guest soloists.
Montel Moore is an award-winning musician widely known for his soulfully riveting music style infused by a harmonious synergy of classical and jazz influences. Montel was a young artist for the St. Louis Symphony InUnison Chorus for 9 years and is currently working as a singer/songwriter for Maverick City Music and Tribl Records.
Our second guest soloist is Suzanne Waters who, with over 200 major motion picture and TV credits to her name has a unique ability to sing a variety of styles with musical authenticity. Some of her most notable credits as a soloist include Dune, Despicable Me 3, Suicide Squad, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Transformers: The Last Knight.