A Night at the Movies

SURROUND SOUND: Theme music from The Magnificent Seven, and 2001: A Space Odyssey, is among a selection of movie soundtrack pieces the combined power of the Gisborne Civic Orchestra, Civic Brass Band, Concert Band, Choral Society and out-of-town guest musicians will bring to the stage next week in their performance A Night At The Movies.

The red carpet! The searchlights! The stars! Since the advent of TV, and the internet, a night at the pictures isn’t the same as it was in mid 20th century. In Gisborne the imperial trinity of the Majestic, The Regent and Kings cinemas reigned over A Good Night Out. Then along came the modern Odeon with its movies and cafe, and queues stretched around the block for blockbusters such as Goldfinger, and Zulu.

The combined power of the Gisborne Civic Orchestra, Civic Brass Band, Concert Band, Choral Society and out-of-town guest musicians is now about to bring the magic back with a movie soundtrack-based concert called A Night at the Movies.

The concert will include a mix of classics such as Richard Strauss’s 1896 work Also Sprach Zarathustra, and The Blue Danube (1866) used in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, as well as Mozart’s Requiem which featured in the film Amadeus, as well as bespoke pieces such as Cavatina from The Deer Hunter, themes from 007 movies, and the Forrest Gump Suite.

In the old days filmmakers tended to reach for established classics for their soundtracks, says musician/conductor Chris Reynolds. In more recent times movie soundtrack composers tailor works for films.

“The appeal of the music is the drama involved in a movie soundtrack. These days it is in many ways a lot more powerful than in the classics of the old days when they would draw more on symphonies, on music that was available.

“Some of the best music these days comes from the movie industry. It speaks to you, it conjures images.”

The genre has even rubbed off on school students’ instrumental compositions. They use that tool to create drama in their works, says Reynolds.

“They are more aware now of the dramatic or the emotion in the music. I wonder whether the development for movies is able to spin off so students are hearing what the big boys are doing and can incorporate elements of that in their work.”

With more than 50 musicians, plus singers, on the Lawson Field Theatre stage for the production in glorious technicolour, A Night at the Movies is the largest concert involving participation of Gisborne’s various musical organisations he can remember.

“It’s going to be a big, solid sound.”

Reynolds will be part of that sound but will also conduct some pieces, as will Andrew Derby and Richard Flyger.

In fact, it was Flyger who first presented the concept.

“It’s something we’ve thought about for a while as a theme for a concert. Over the past few years we’ve had a couple of collaborations with Chris and the brass band. The time was right and it’s all come together.

“This is the largest concert I’ve been involved with organising.”

Sunday’s rehearsal might not have involved a cast of thousands but it was the fullest practice the ensemble has had so far.

With its mix of classics and bespoke pieces the concert will have broad appeal for the public and will be fun for the musicians and singers, says Flyger.

While Reynolds looks forward to the orchestra and choir’s performance of the first movement of Mozart’s Requiem, Flyger’s favourite work will be the encore piece he is keeping under wraps for now.

Performed on November 2, A Night at the Movies will be the perfect prelude for the Rugby World Cup final, says Flyger.

  • A Night at the Movies, presented by combined groups, the Gisborne Civic Orchestra, Gisborne Civic Brass Band, Gisborne Concert Band, and Gisborne Choral Society, at the Lawson Field Theatre, November 2 at 7.30pm. Tickets from House of Gifts. Adults $19.99, Seniors/students $15, children $10.

The red carpet! The searchlights! The stars! Since the advent of TV, and the internet, a night at the pictures isn’t the same as it was in mid 20th century. In Gisborne the imperial trinity of the Majestic, The Regent and Kings cinemas reigned over A Good Night Out. Then along came the modern Odeon with its movies and cafe, and queues stretched around the block for blockbusters such as Goldfinger, and Zulu.

The combined power of the Gisborne Civic Orchestra, Civic Brass Band, Concert Band, Choral Society and out-of-town guest musicians is now about to bring the magic back with a movie soundtrack-based concert called A Night at the Movies.

The concert will include a mix of classics such as Richard Strauss’s 1896 work Also Sprach Zarathustra, and The Blue Danube (1866) used in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, as well as Mozart’s Requiem which featured in the film Amadeus, as well as bespoke pieces such as Cavatina from The Deer Hunter, themes from 007 movies, and the Forrest Gump Suite.

In the old days filmmakers tended to reach for established classics for their soundtracks, says musician/conductor Chris Reynolds. In more recent times movie soundtrack composers tailor works for films.

“The appeal of the music is the drama involved in a movie soundtrack. These days it is in many ways a lot more powerful than in the classics of the old days when they would draw more on symphonies, on music that was available.

“Some of the best music these days comes from the movie industry. It speaks to you, it conjures images.”

The genre has even rubbed off on school students’ instrumental compositions. They use that tool to create drama in their works, says Reynolds.

“They are more aware now of the dramatic or the emotion in the music. I wonder whether the development for movies is able to spin off so students are hearing what the big boys are doing and can incorporate elements of that in their work.”

With more than 50 musicians, plus singers, on the Lawson Field Theatre stage for the production in glorious technicolour, A Night at the Movies is the largest concert involving participation of Gisborne’s various musical organisations he can remember.

“It’s going to be a big, solid sound.”

Reynolds will be part of that sound but will also conduct some pieces, as will Andrew Derby and Richard Flyger.

In fact, it was Flyger who first presented the concept.

“It’s something we’ve thought about for a while as a theme for a concert. Over the past few years we’ve had a couple of collaborations with Chris and the brass band. The time was right and it’s all come together.

“This is the largest concert I’ve been involved with organising.”

Sunday’s rehearsal might not have involved a cast of thousands but it was the fullest practice the ensemble has had so far.

With its mix of classics and bespoke pieces the concert will have broad appeal for the public and will be fun for the musicians and singers, says Flyger.

While Reynolds looks forward to the orchestra and choir’s performance of the first movement of Mozart’s Requiem, Flyger’s favourite work will be the encore piece he is keeping under wraps for now.

Performed on November 2, A Night at the Movies will be the perfect prelude for the Rugby World Cup final, says Flyger.

  • A Night at the Movies, presented by combined groups, the Gisborne Civic Orchestra, Gisborne Civic Brass Band, Gisborne Concert Band, and Gisborne Choral Society, at the Lawson Field Theatre, November 2 at 7.30pm. Tickets from House of Gifts. Adults $19.99, Seniors/students $15, children $10.
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