Mark Campbell's staging of 'The Shining' opened last week at Minnesota Opera. Based on Stephen King's horror novel turned silver-screen-psychological-nightmare by director Stanley Kubrick, the production features music from composer Paul Moravec.
In 1968, director Stanley Kubrick amazed moviegoers with his epic sci-fi masterpiece, '2001: A Space Odyssey.' The accompanying soundtrack was an equivalent enchantment, featuring classic compositions from Richard Strauss, György Ligeti and Johann Strauss II.
Classic science fiction films like '2001: A Space Odyssey' are ideal candidates for the concert hall because many of them are more luxuriously paced than the often frenetic films being made today. And there are few loud special effects to drown out the musical score, as happens frequently in contemporary sci-fi.
Two important composer birthdays have recently occurred. American Ned Rorem turned 90, while that comparative youngster from Poland, Krzysztof Penderecki, was 80. Both in their own ways embody the vitality of their cultures.
The Minnesota Opera recently announced that it has commissioned an opera based on Stephen King's 'The Shining.' Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec will work with librettist Mark Campbell to adapt King's 1977 horror classic. The opera will receive its world première in 2016.
The Stanley Kubrick film 'A Clockwork Orange' will be shown during the Cleveland Orchestra's festival "Fate and Freedom: Music of Beethoven and Shostakovich" on October 22-26.
More and more U.S. orchestras are playing famous movie scores while the movie is shown above. But is this a positive or negative development in symphonic music?
We are barely through Richard Wagner's 200th anniversary, and already, ensembles are gearing up for the sesquicentennial of one of his most famous disciples--Richard Strauss.