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If It Sounds Good, It Is Good! | September 2016


Welcome to our new “home away from home,” the Taft Theatre! I am beyond excited to be performing here this year; the warm sound and intimacy of this gem embraces every seat and brings you and our musicians closer than ever before. For our opening program this month you’ll be right in the middle of the action!

While preparing for our performance of E.T. in June, I practiced with a DVD that had the film and dialogue, but no soundtrack; it was a complete snooze, and thoroughly convinced me of the primacy of music in creating action and emotion in film making. Indiana Jones would be just another guy in a fedora without his heroic march; the heart-pounding action of Mission Impossible would only be a bunch of folks running around with gizmos. The music brings the action to life.

The incredible composers who create this magic often create their sound world before the films themselves are even complete. In fact, there are plenty of examples where a director has made edits to a film solely to highlight the emotion of the score. The symbiotic artistic relationship between John Williams and Steven Spielberg is of course legendary, but composer Bernard Herman and Alfred Hitchcock in North by Northwest and Patrick Doyle and Kenneth Branagh in Thor are glorious examples of such collaborations.

You probably know Edward James Olmos from his popular television performances in Battlestar Galactica and Agents of Shield, with its uber-macho theme by Bear McCreary. We will also explore Olmos’s breakout film roles in Blade Runner, with its steely, futuristic score, and the rhythmic and soaring anthem of Stand and Deliver. This Academy Award nominated actor will narrate throughout the concert, helping set the stage for many of the orchestral scores we’ll perform. He will also take us beyond the sound stages with a tale or two about life on the set of an action movie.

I invite you now to sit back and buckle-up for a wild ride with the finest Pops orchestra on the planet!