100 Years of Elmer Bernstein

Friday 9th December, 2022

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National Symphony Orchestra
Peter Bernstein, conductor

Amhrán na bhFiann arranged by Elmer Bernstein WORLD PREMIERE
Hollywood and the Stars 
The Magnificent Seven 
The Age of Innocence Suite 
My Left Foot Suite 
The Comedy Suite (Ghostbusters, The Blues Brothers, Airplane!)
Walk on the Wild Side 
Sweet Smell of Success 

Slipstream Suite WORLD PREMIERE
To Kill a Mocking Bird Suite 
Toccata for Toy Trains 
The Grifters 
True Grit Opening Titles 
The Ten Commandments Prelude 

Marking the centenary of his birth, a blockbuster celebration of one of Hollywood’s greatest composers, Elmer Bernstein, introduced and conducted by his son, Peter Bernstein, hosted by film music specialist Tim Burden, and with music from some of his most iconic scores, including two world premieres. 
 
Elmer Bernstein confessed ‘a love affair with Ireland’, recording many of his signature soundtracks in Dublin’s Windmill Lane Studios – the unforgettable My Left Foot and Martin Scorsese’s lavish The Age of Innocence among them – and often escaping Hollywood to holiday in County Kerry. 
 
His arrangement of Ireland’s National Anthem, Amhrán na bhFiann, will be heard for the first time in public alongside a first performance of one his rare excursions into science-fiction, the dramatic, dynamic Slipstream.
 
An admired film composer, orchestrator and conductor, Peter Bernstein co-composed many scores with his father, including the comedy spooks hit Ghostbusters, which features in the world premiere of The Comedy Suite, alongside the infectious anarchy of cult classic The Blues Brothers and gloriously tongue-in-cheek sky-high drama of Airplane!.
 
And a rare treat: the charming and delightfully playful Toccata for Toy Trains, scored for an award-winning animated short.
 
An unmissable evening of movie magic includes memorable, genre-defining scores from Bernstein’s ruggedly virile Western masterpieces, The Magnificent Seven and True Grit, the luxurious Biblical epic, The Ten Commandments, the jazz-accented The Grifters, Sweet Smell of Success and the evocative, American folk tune-laced romance of another masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird.

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