A press release from the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center invites audiences of all ages to enjoy “Symphony at the Movies,” a celebration of iconic movie scores performed by the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra. The concert takes place on April 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.
The movie-themed pops concert is a step away from the traditional orchestra format of overture, concerto and symphony arrangements and will appeal to most anyone who appreciates excellent live music. The audience will be treated to selections from all-time favorite film scores including John Williams’ “Jurassic Park,” “ET” and “Star Wars”; Aaron Copland’s “Our Town”; Hans Zimmer and Klaus Badelt’s “Pirates of the Caribbean”; Erich Korngold’s “Sea Hawk”; and for the kids, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez’s “Frozen.” And of course, a celebration of movie scores would not be complete without a tribute to Henry Mancini!
Tickets for the event may be purchased by visiting udpac.org or by calling the box office at 610-622-1189. Tickets are $18, $15 for senior citizens and $5 for students with ID. The performance takes place at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center located at 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill. Parking is free.
The Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra has successfully increased audiences over the past two seasons in large part to new Music Director Reuben Blundell, who has lead the orchestra members on a new path offering innovative programs that are connecting with audience members young and old alike.
“From the pathos of Gabriel’s Oboe (the Mission), to the excitement of John Williams’ Jurassic Park, the most successful film music takes the listener for an emotional ride, and we’ll play some of the greatest orchestral film scores out there,” said Bundell. “Working with the principal librarian of the Philadelphia Pops, Delaware County resident Vince Leonard, we’ve crafted a varied program, and we’ll play a piece he composed for a soundtrack, too.”
Movie scores enhance the experience of filmmaking and often the iconic scores rise above the cinematic plot. Many are outstanding pieces of music written by contemporary composers that not only stand on their own, but withstand the test of time. This lineup of movie scores is certain to evoke nostalgic memories of cinematic favorites, performed by committed and seasoned musicians.
The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and Upper Darby Summer Stage are jointly sponsored by the Upper Darby School District Board of School Directors and Upper Darby Township Mayor and Council through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services.