Clarion University Department of Music will present "American Film Masters" featuring the Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m. Dec. 2 in the auditorium of Marwick-Boyd Fine Arts Center. Dr. Casey C. Teske, associate professor of music, is conductor. The free concert will feature music performed by students in symphony orchestra, joined by faculty and community musicians.
The program will include West Side Story “Selections for Orchestra” (1957) by Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), arranged by Jack Mason; An American in Paris Suite (1929) by George Gershwin (1898-1937), arranged by John Whitney; Symphonic Dances from “Fiddler on the Roof” (2008) by Jerry Bock (1928-2010), arranged by Ira Hearshen; Symphonic Dances from “Fiddler on the Roof” (2008) by Jerry Bock (1928-2010), arranged by Ira Hearshen; and A Tribute to John Williams (2004), adapted by Paul Lavender (1921-2010).
“There’s a wealth of incredible film music I really wanted the group to be able to experience,” said Dr. Casey C. Teske, associate professor of music and Symphony Orchestra conductor. “I picked American composers who not only had contributed to the film industry but had prolific compositional output themselves.”
Teske noted that “West Side Story” and “Fiddler on the Roof” were musicals before they were films, and “An American in Paris” originated as a piece of music, then later, in 1951, MGM released “An American in Paris,” featuring Gershwin tunes.
“How can you possibly have a theme of American film masters without John Williams, who has had a significant impact on the American film industry,” Teske said. Williams composed the musical scores to such well-known films as “Star Wars,” “Jaws,” “Superman,” “Harry Potter,” “Indiana Jones” and “E.T.” Symphony Orchestra is playing the compilation, approved by Williams, that was played at the 2004 Kennedy Honors gala recognizing his work in film.
In place of the extensive program notes Teske usually provides, John Rose, a junior speech pathology major and acting minor, will narrate the concert.
Teske said he admired Rose’s work in the 2011 theatre production of “Scrooge,” as well as in other past theatre productions, and thought that his voice and demeanor would be a wonderful complement to the program.
Rob Hoover, auditorium manager, has been very generous in creating a visual compilation for the concert, Teske said.
“While we’re playing specific music, Rob Hoover will project coordinating film clips and pictures from the individual movies,” Teske said.
The 49-member Symphony Orchestra includes 31 Clarion University students, three Clarion University faculty members and 15 community members and continues the mission of university and community collaboration.
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