In honor of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, we pay tribute to those heroes who still walk among us and to those who gave the last full measure of devotion.
2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, harp, strings
Leslie Howard’s “The First of the Few” told the story of aeronautical engineer R.J. Mitchell’s creation of the Supermarine Spitfire fighter plane in the years leading up to the war. Like “Dangerous Moonlight”, the film is structured in a series of flashbacks, with Mitchell’s friend telling the story as he and his fellow pilots prepare to fly into combat during the Battle of Britain.Read More
2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, 2 percussion, harp, strings
Henry Salomon assembled a team to edit over eleven thousand hours of film down to fit twenty-six half-hour episodes, and Victory at Sea became an enormous critical and popular success, winning both Emmy and Peabody awards.Read More
solo violin, 3 flutes, 2 oboes, 3 clarinets, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 3 horns, 3 trombones, percussion, harp, celesta, strings
As “Schindler’s List” went into development, Steven Spielberg asked his longtime collaborator John Williams to write the music. Williams approached Itzhak Perlman, a native of Israel and the son of two Polish Jews, to perform the violin solos in the film.Read More
4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, 2 percussion
Aaron Copland considered several titles for his contribution, but his imagination was captured by a May 1942 speech in which Vice-President Henry Wallace declared, “Some have spoken of the ‘American Century.’ I say that the century on which we are entering — The century which will come out of this war — can be and must be the century of the common man.”Read More
2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 3 clarinets, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, 2 percussion, harp, strings
The Hymn to the Fallen is an elegiac theme of noble elegance evoking a somber atmosphere of tribute to those who, in the words of Vice President Wallace, “spoke for the common man in terms of blood on the battlefield” to ensure that he continues “on the march toward even fuller freedom than the most fortunate peoples of the earth have hitherto enjoyed.”Read More
flute, oboe, 3 clarinets, 2 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, timpani, percussion, strings
In April 1944, Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free premiered at New York’s Ballet Theatre with music by Bernstein. The ballet, which tells the story of three U.S. Navy sailors on leave for a single day in New York City, was an enormous success, and the creative team became convinced that it could be expanded into a hit musical. Betty Comden and Adolph Green joined as lyricists, and On the Town opened a mere eight months later.Read More
piano solo, 2 flutes, oboe, English horn, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 4 tromobnes, tuba, timpani, 4 percussion, harp, strings
In 1941, British audiences were treated to “Dangerous Moonlight”, the story of a Polish pianist caught up in the destruction of his homeland. Throughout the film, which is told largely in flashbacks, he is haunted by the strains of the Warsaw Concerto – his great masterpiece whose composition was interrupted by the German invasion. The concerto’s evolution in the film parallels the hero’s recovery from injuries sustained during an air battle, with tragedies and triumphs reflected in the unfolding themes of the piece.Read More
04/15/14 • by Sherli Leonard • The Riverside Press-Enterprise
[The Redlands Symphony] seems to thrive on Bernstein’s tricky rhythms and quirky, edgy harmonies and big brassy sounds. Assertive and confident, the orchestra drove the piece into the walls of the hall.
04/14/14 • by Betty Tyler • The Redlands Daily Facts
Saturday’s audience connected enthusiastically with the heroes and the music, and from my seat in the balcony, it looked like the concert’s mixture of film and theater music linked to World War II drew one of the largest audiences of the season.
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