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Alma Symphony Orchestra Goes to the Movies

November 13, 2013

“Everyone goes to the movies, and everyone loves film music,” says Murray Gross, director of the Alma Symphony Orchestra. The program includes selections from such Hollywood favorites as “Apollo 13” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

The Alma Symphony Orchestra presents “A Night at the Movies” with a program that features a variety of Hollywood favorites by some of the greatest film composers of all time.

The concert takes place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 in the Remick Heritage Center at Alma College. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.

“Everyone goes to the movies, and everyone loves film music,” says Murray Gross, director of the Alma Symphony Orchestra. “This is a concert that will be appealing to the entire family. We will perform music that’s familiar to movie-goers of all ages.”

The program includes arrangements of “The Big Country” by Jerome Moross, “Gabriel’s Oboe” from ”The Mission” by Ennio Morricone, and “The Sea Hawk” suite by Erich Korngold.

“A concert of film music wouldn’t be complete without a piece by the master, John Williams, and we are doing a great arrangement of music from ‘ET,’ says Gross. “But the orchestra also will perform works by lesser-known composers, such as John Barry, who wrote music for ‘Out of Africa’ and the James Bond 007 movies.”

Other composers represented on the program include James Horner, who composed music for “Apollo 13” and “Titanic”; Henry Mancini, whose works include the familiar “Moon River” and “The Pink Panther”; and Bernard Herrmann, who wrote music for Alfred Hitchcock’s films, including “Psycho.”

The program also will include an arrangement of “Pirates of the Caribbean,” composed by Klaus Badelt.

“The students are enjoying playing this music,” says Gross. “This is a lighter concert than some, and that’s okay. In April, we will perform Mozart’s ‘Requiem,’ which will be a very different kind of concert.”

The approximately 80-member Alma Symphony Orchestra includes a mix of professional musicians from the mid-Michigan area and Alma College student-performers.

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