“Bob Bernhardt is pretty sure there won’t be many in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra audience this weekend who have seen the 1967 Swedish film ‘Elvira Madigan’ ” when he guest-conducts this weekend’s “Lights! Camera! Pops!” concerts, writes Cathalena E. Burch in Monday’s (10/22) Arizona Daily Star. “The 21st Concerto, in fact, has often been nicknamed the ‘Elvira Madigan’ because of its association to the 51-year-old movie…. Bernhardt, who led the TSO for nine seasons in the late 1980s to mid ’90s … programmed ‘Lights’ with the idea of ‘film music that became classic and classical music used in films.’ The program traverses film history from Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s overture to ‘Captain Blood’ to Max Steiner’s ‘Tara’s Theme’ from ‘Gone With the Wind’ and John Williams’ ‘The Force Awakens’ Suite from the 2015 installment of the ‘Star Wars’ franchise.… ‘This music can lead us to the moments we sat in the theater and saw the films,’ he said. ‘There’s a visceral connection between the music and the visual.’ Bernhardt experiences a similar visceral reaction whenever he comes to Tucson…. ‘I’ve gone back at least 20 times since I was music director and every time it’s been welcoming and happy.’ ”

Posted October 25, 2018