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Issue Date: August 2008


Keeping Score


Emily Ouzts
Here’s looking at you, kid,” Humphrey Bogart says to Ingrid Bergman at the end ofCasablanca. It’s a devastatingly romantic scene immortalized by the swelling crescendos of orchestral strings.

To celebrate the magical connection between music and film, the Blossom Festival Orchestra caps off its summer season withBlossom Goes to the Movies, a musical showcase honoring the 85th anniversary of Warner Bros. Studios on Aug. 30 and 31 at Blossom Music Center.

“Nothing sets the emotion of a movie like music,” says conductor George Daugherty. “Warner Bros. has a fantastically rich history with music for live action films.”

The event, which will showcase movie scenes on a projection screen with live orchestral accompaniment, features Warner films fromThe Music MantoBatman Begins and selections in between.

We asked Daugherty to give us background on some of his favorite Warner films.

CasablancaCasablanca

The Scene: On an airport runway, Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) bids a final farewell to the woman who broke his heart, Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman).

The Musical Score: “Without the music, this scene is pretty tame and unemotional,” says Daugherty, who had to separate the music from the film to assemble its production. With everything in place, however, the melody makes this scene one of the most romantic of all time.
 

Harry potterHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

The Scene: The quidditch match where Harry Potter accidentially swallows the Golden Snitch.

The Musical Score: The John Williams-penned action score is “the hardest piece of music that’s ever been written for a film,” says Daugherty. The conductor claims that even musicians who have mastered Stravinsky have trouble with this fast and furious score — which makes it all the more exciting for the audience.
The jazz singerThe Jazz Singer

The Scene:
“Toot, Toot, Tootsie”

The Musical Score: This 1927 film was the first to ever utilize music, making its ragtime score a legendary cinematic achievement. “After years of silent movies, this was the first talking picture,” he says.

An star is bornA Star Is Born

The Scene: The medley “Born in the Trunk,” preformed by Judy Garland

The Musical Score: Conducting this scene is a dream come true for Garland fan Daugherty. “Being able to accompany Judy Garland for nine minutes is something I’d never anticipated,” he says.

 

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