Film & Hollywood

September 25 to 28

Lights, camera, action! From September 25 to 28, Stingray Brava presents four exciting broadcasts about movies and their soundtracks! Watch violinist Yehudi Menuhin at work in the Charlie Chaplin studios and witness composer Igor Stravinsky try his luck in Hollywood. Enjoy a gala performance of music by lauded film composer John Williams, and pretend you're in an Italian movie with the music from the cinematic classic La Dolce Vita!

Movies and music are a match made in heaven. Even today, the classical orchestra is still responsible for the musical backdrop of many blockbusters. Shortly after the first talking pictures were produced in the early 20th century, classical musicians from all over the world made their way to Hollywood.

Film & Hollywood opens on Monday, September 25 with the concert film Menuhin in Hollywood, recorded when Menuhin was at the zenith of his popularity. 

Russian composer Igor Stravinsky lived in California for 32 years. Stravinsky in Hollywood shows you the classical composer's struggle to find his place in Hollywood. The film restores never-before-seen footage with rarely-heard music from the great composer.

On Wednesday night at 21:00 CEST, 2014's LA Opening Gala pays tribute to John Williams, who composed film scores for such box office hits as Star Wars and Schindler’s List. In celebration of this special occasion, many special guests, including conductor Gustavo Dudamel and violinist Itzhak Perlman, take the stage.

On Thursday at 21:00 CEST, Stingray Brava rounds up the week with a performance from the New York Philharmonic. Guest soloists including Josh Groban, Joshua Bell, and Renée Fleming guarantee a romantic Italian evening, supported by film footage from La Dolce Vita.

Monday, September 25 at 18:30 CEST | Menuhin in Hollywood

This concert features virtuoso violinist Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999) at the Charlie Chaplin Studios in 1947. Along with various artists, he performed classical and romantic works of famous composers such as Beethoven, Wieniawski, Bach and Paganini. Yehudi Menuhin in Concert Magic is the first concert film produced by and for Hollywood. It premiered at the Stage Door Cinema in San Francisco when he was 32 years old and at the pinnacle of his fame.

Conductor: Antál Dorati
Performers: Symphony Orchestra Hollywood, Yehudi Menuhin, Alfred Baller, Jakob Gimpel, Marguerite Campbell, Eula Beal
Video director: Paul Gordon
Producer: EuroArts Music International
Location: Charlie Chaplin Studios, Hollywood, USA
Year: 1947

Tuesday, September 26 at 21:00 CEST | Stravinsky in Hollywood 

Stravinsky in Hollywood explores the short-lived film career of this legendary composer, it is the story of his trials and tribulations with the Hollywood Studios, the story of an ‘old school’ European artist knocking heads with the brash New World. Igor Stravinsky lived in the heart of Hollywood from 1939 until shortly before his death in 1971 – longer than in any other single place. He came expecting to find lucrative work composing for the movies. Stravinsky in Hollywood uses a combination of existing archival footage (some of it never before seen), contemporary interviews with experts in the field and living movie composers, and scenes from several big studio films of the 1940s brought together – for the first time – with the music which Stravinsky wrote for them.

Performers: Marco Capalbo
Producer: BFMI / WDR / ARTE
Year: 2013

Wednesday, September 27 at 21:00 CEST | LA Opening Gala 2014 - John Williams Celebration 

For the 2014/15 Opening Night Concert and Gala, the Los Angeles Philharmonic paid loving tribute to film music composer John Williams, a long-time champion and close friend of the LA Phil. Gustavo Dudamel, an awestruck fan of the musical icon, led the orchestra in a cross section of Maestro Williams’ matchless oeuvre, including music from Star Wars, Jaws, Schindler’s List, Catch Me If You Can, Amistad, and Fiddler On The Roof. The Gala also features very special musical performances by the legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman.

Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
Performers: Los Angeles Philharmonic, Itzak Perlman, U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, Dan Higgins, Glenn Paulson, Michael Valerio, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus
Composer: John Williams
Producer: BFMI in co-production with WNET
Video director: Michael Beyer
Location: Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
Year: 2014

Thursday, September 28 at 21:00 CEST | La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema 

La Dolce Vita, Cinema Paradiso: two classics of Italian cinema that are not only loved for their storytelling, but also for their matchless music. And when that gorgeous music is performed by the New York Philharmonic and vocalists Josh Groban, Renée Fleming, and violinist Joshua Bell — accompanied by animated graphics and film clips — we’re truly in for an evening in cinema paradise.

Conductor: Alan Gilbert
Performers: New York Philharmonic
Soloists: Josh Groban, Josua Bell, Renée Fleming
Composers: Nino Rota, Stelvio Cipriani, Ennio Morricone, Luis Bacalov, Trovajoli, Ortolani & Oliviero
Producer: WNET
Location: Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
Year: 2014