CSO "On the Waterfront" Preview - October 23 Screening with CSO Live Performance

Film legend Marlon Brando stars in the film and won an Academy Award for his performance. On The Waterfront film still© 1954, renewed 1982 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved

 

The CSO at the Movies 2015/16 series opens with On the Waterfront Film With Live Orchestra on Friday, October 23 at 8 p.m.. The screening of Elia Kazan’s Academy Award®–winning film features a live performance of Leonard Bernstein’s score by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Center. On The Waterfront Film with Live Orchestra is presented in cooperation with Columbia Pictures, a Sony Company. 

 

Kaufman joined the music department of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in 1984 as music coordinator, and for the next 18 years supervised music for MGM. Photo by Kevin McIntyre

 

Conductor Richard Kaufman returns to the podium to lead this CSO at the Movies performance of Bernstein’s pulsating original score. Kaufman has been a regular guest conductor on the CSO at the Movies series since 2004 and will also lead film programs at Symphony Center in December 2015 and May 2016.

 

A huge screen shows the films in CSO movie nights, Photo by Todd Rosenberg

 

 

On the Waterfront premiered in 1954 and won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Story and Screenplay and Best Actor for Marlon Brando’s portrayal of a boxer-turned-dockworker caught up in the dark and violent world of mob-controlled unions. The film’s Oscar-winning screenplay by Budd Schulberg is based on a series of Pulitzer Prize-winning articles by Malcolm Johnson that appeared in The Sun in 1949 and detailed the corruption that permeated the waterfront of Hoboken, New Jersey. The film stars Marlon Brando, Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden, Rod Steiger and Eva Marie Saint.

 

Eva Saint Marie (right) co-stars with Marlon Brando. On The Waterfront film still© 1954, renewed 1982 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved

 

The film’s dark undercurrent runs throughout Bernstein’s score, with exciting, quick and sinister notes complementing the movie’s film noir elements. The music earned an Academy Award®-nomination for Best Score, and remains known as one of Bernstein’s greatest works—indeed, his only original score for film.

 

Bernstein's music earned an Academy Award®-nomination for Best Score, and remains known as one of Bernstein’s greatest works—indeed, his only original score for film. Paul de Hueck Courtesy of The Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc.

 

Leonard Bernstein (August 25, 1918- October 14, 1990) was a world-renowned musician throughout his entire adult life. He was Music Director of the New York Philharmonic and conducted the world’s major orchestras recording hundreds of these performances. His books and the televised Young People’s Concerts with the New York Philharmonic established him as a leading educator.

His compositions include JeremiahThe Age of AnxietyKaddishSerenadeFive AnniversariesMassChichester PsalmsSlava!, SongfestDivertimento for Orchestra,Missa BrevisArias and BarcarollesConcerto for Orchestra and A Quiet Place. Bernstein composed for the Broadway musical stage, including On the TownWonderful Town,Candide and the immensely popular West Side Story. In addition to the West Side Story collaboration, Bernstein worked with choreographer Jerome Robbins on three major ballets, Fancy Free, Facsimile and Dybbk. Bernstein was the recipient of many honors, including, the Antoinette Perry Tony Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Theater, eleven Emmy Award, the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award and the Kennedy Center Honors.

On the Waterfront Film With Live Orchestra is one of three film programs in the 2015/16 CSO at the Movies series. Remaining film presentations in the series include Alan Silvestri’s score for the 1980’s sci-fi hit Back to the Future on Friday, March 4 at 8 p.m. and “Hooray for Hollywood,” a journey through cinema history with selections from classic movies Citizen Kane, Gone with the Wind, King Kong, Star Trek and more on Friday, May 6 at 8 p.m.

Ticketsfor all CSOA-presented concerts can be purchased by phone at 800‑223‑7114 or 312-294‑3000; online at cso.org, or at the Symphony Center box office: 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60604.  Discounted student tickets for select concerts can be purchased, subject to availability, online in advance or at the box office on the day of the concert. For group rates, please call 312-294-3040.

 

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