No need to wait until March to experience the sensational sights, sounds and tastes of the Oscars. In the middle of our frigid winter, the Minnesota Orchestra is heating it up with “Sounds of Cinema: A Night at the Oscars.”
This Saturday, January 9th and Sunday, January 17th, Orchestra Hall will transform into a movie theater with style, featuring popcorn poppers next to the full bar, and a movie screen on stage, surrounded by some of the best musicians in the country playing live scores to accompany the movie clips.
Tickets range from $15 to $50, but the Minnesota Orchestra is offering TC Jewfolk readers a special deal. Attend the performance Sunday, January 17th at 2:00pm and get 2 tickets for only $10. Just use promo code “OSCARS” when you call the box office (612-371-5656) or purchase tickets online.
Here’s the oh-so-Jewish lineup for the performances (more details online), and a little taste of what you can expect to see and hear.
- Music from The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) (which won 3 Oscars, one for the music) by composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold (an Austrian Jewish “musical genius” considered, along with Max Steiner, to be the father of film music).
- Music from Gone with the Wind (1939) by composer Max Steiner (Steiner was another Austrian Jewish composer and child prodigy – he received piano lessons from Johannes Brahms. Steiner would go on to write 200 movie scores including those for King Kong and Casablanca).
- Music from Ben-Hur (1959) (winner of 11 academy awards, one for its score) by composer Miklos Rozsa (a Hungarian Jewish composer writing the score for a movie about Jesus – what would Garrison Keillor think?)
- Music from Citizen Kane (1941) by Bernard Herrmann (a NYC boy born to Russian Jewish immigrants, most famous for his collaborations with director Alfred Hitchcock, including Psycho, North by Northwest, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Vertigo. Hermann also wrote the score for Taxi Driver).
- Music from Concerto in F, from An American in Paris (1951) by George Gershwin (brother Ira wrote the movie’s lyrics) (American Jewish composer George Gershwin – born Jacob Gershowitz – was known for his compositions for Broadway, classical music halls, and jazz clubs. The Guardian determined in 2005 based on estimates of earnings accrued in a composer’s lifetime that George Gershwin was the wealthiest composer of all time). Listen to that piece here:
- Music from The Wizard of Oz (1939) (won Oscars for Best Song and Original Score) by Herbert Stothart (finally a non-Jewish composer; although at least one rabbi has discovered a Jewish soul within the Wizard of Oz).
If you haven’t been to the Minnesota Orchestra before, this is probably one of the most accessible concerts you’ll see and hear in their echoing concert hall, and it definitely is the most affordable. Don’t miss out.
See you at the Oscars!