Psycho and Close Encounters of the Third Kind … IN CONCERT!

  Last modified on November 28th, 2019

Join “the ultimate surround-sound movie event” from the New York Philharmonic Orchestra’s The Art of the Score series in September. The event brings to life timeless films as the orchestra performs the scores live beneath a giant film screen at the David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center.

This year, audiences will be transported with the epic sci-fi film, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and jump in their seats with the classic thriller, Psycho.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Close Encounters of the Third Kind was directed by Steven Spielberg, who teams up with John Williams for an out-of-this-world masterpiece. Spielberg and Williams had previously collaborated in the terrifying summer blockbuster, Jaws. Close Encounters of the Third Kind stars Richard Dreyfuss (also from Jaws), François Truffaut, and Teri Garr. After uncovering missing air crafts, a group of scientists tries to communicate with aliens. In the meantime, the lives of Roy Neary, an electric lineman, and Jillian Guiler, a single mother, are changed after several encounters with a UFO.

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Spielberg described the movie’s score as “When You Wish Upon A Star meets sci-fi.” According to IMDB, Williams created the score before the film was edited. Spielberg then edited the film to match the score. This is what gives the film a lyrical feel. This could also be what helped Williams land a nomination for Best Original Score at the Academy Awards in 1978.

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The screenings will feature conductor Richard Kaufman and a chorus with Musica Sacra and Kent Tritle.

Audiences can experience a close encounter with the New York Philharmonic at the David Geffen Hall on September 11th and 12th at 7:30pm. This film is 2 hours and 45 minutes with intermission.

Check out the original movie trailer:

 

Psycho

Next up in the Art of the Score series, the New York Philharmonic, Alfred Hitchcock, and his frequent collaborator, Bernard Herrmann, invite you to check-in at the Bates Motel with Psycho (1966).

After stealing money from her employer, secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) tries to make a run for it. But unfortunately, she ends up at the secluded and vacant Bates Motel. She meets the motel’s owner-manager, Norman Bates (Anthony Hopkins). Marion’s sister and boyfriend later turn up at the motel in search of Marion and make a shocking discovery.

Together, Hitchcock and Herrmann created one of the most iconic, spine-tingling scores in cinematic history. Hitchcock said 33% of the effect of Psycho is due to Herrmann’s eerie strings-only score.

Psycho, conducted by Richard Kaufman, will play at the David Geffen Hall on September 13th and 14th at 8pm. This film is 2 hours and 15 minutes with intermission.

Check out the original movie trailer:

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