Wagner: Das Rheingold – Prelude (5:00)
Herrmann: Psycho – A narrative for String Orchestra (16:00)
Glass: The Hours – Concerto for piano and string orchestra (24:00)
Glass: Symphony No. 9 (50:00)
The case for my program: Film music is a largely untapped source of really great programming options for orchestras. And at the moment, film music is kept separate (mostly) from classical music. Thus we have Classical concerts, and Pops concerts, and even separate Contemporary Music concerts.
We ought to program all their music together, routinely.
This program shows what it might look like to mix all three. It’s a compelling example of what can happen if we agree to regard all American symphonic art on the same terms. This would be good for programming and for the larger art form, and perhaps even for the bottom line.