“Mickey Mouse, Michael Corleone and Princess Leia will have something in common on Jan. 19,” writes Brad Durrell in Thursday’s (1/10) Darien Times (CT). “All will come to life when the Stamford Symphony performs Oscar Comes to the Symphony at the Palace Theatre, featuring music from well-known films such as Fantasia, The Godfather and Star Wars. ‘The idea is to show how certain classical pieces have become associated with specific scenes in films and also to feature music that has become real concert literature,’ guest conductor Ted Sperling said…. The Stamford Symphony has been reaching out to the community with recent performances at a brewery and shopping mall…. Sperling is artistic director of MasterVoices … chorus … in New York City…. He’s musical director for the current Broadway production of My Fair Lady [and] has a long history with the Stamford Symphony…. The Oscars concert will [include] … Gone With the Wind, The Pink PantherRaiders of the Lost Ark, Platoon, The Sting and The Magnificent Seven, among others, with work by composers such as Beethoven, Scott Joplin, Henry Mancini and John Williams.” Stamford Symphony Executive Director Russell Jones “said scores written for movies make up ‘some of the best music for orchestra.’ ”

Posted January 11, 2019