6 August 2013
Movie Music Mash-Up
On this date in 1926, the film Don Juan, starring John Barrymore, was released, featuring the Philharmonic on the sound track — the first time in history that a symphony orchestra was heard on a movie.
Fast forward to today:
1 August 2013
This is Your Brain on Movie Music
“Sometimes the music is the best thing in the film; sometimes the music is telling you how to feel more than the visual images.” — Alec Baldwin, Artistic Advisor for THE ART OF THE SCORE: Film Week at the Philharmonic.
Judging by their own creative use of music, filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen might very well agree, as would their frequent collaborator, composer Carter Burwell. They’ll all be on hand for “The Mind, Music, and Moving Images,” a special program on September 21 during the Phil’s first Film Week.
The discussion, moderated by Alec Baldwin, the Phil’s Radio Host, will explore the relationships between music, film, the brain, and human emotions, along with the creative choices behind movie music.The co-presentation with the World Science Festival will also include neuroscientist Aniruddh D. Patel,author of Music, Language, and the Brain.
31 July 2013
Calling Mr. Hitchcock
THE ART OF THE SCORE: Film Week at the Philharmonic kicks off with Hitchcock!, a salute to classic scores from films by the master of suspense. Film Week Artistic Advisor Alec Baldwin hosts the first performance, on September 17; Sam Waterston hosts on September 18.
And by the way, that ancient artifact is a rotary dial phone, a key plot element in Dial M for Murder.
30 April 2013
Playlist Countdown: A Swinging Start
One month from today audiences will embark on the adventure that is Gilbert’s Playlist, four weeks of widely varied programs that allow you to get inside the iPod and mind of our Music Director Alan Gilbert. Warm up with a look back at Wynton Marsalis’s early thoughts on his Swing Symphony, told to Alec Baldwin when the jazz legend and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra joined forces with Alan and the Phil for the work’s U.S. premiere.
3 April 2013
Who’s gonna host Tonight?
Is it gonna be Jimmy or Jay?
Leonard Bernstein made an appearance of sorts on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Monday night.
Making light of the media frenzy over The Tonight Show's future,Jimmy Fallon andJay Leno sang Tony and Maria’s beloved ”Tonight” duet from West Side Story. Discussions are still in the works, but surely we’ll know more by the time the Philharmonic plays “Tonight” at our 2013–14 Opening Night concert.
Jimmy’s guest that night? None other than Philharmonic Radio Host and Board Member Alec Baldwin.
3 April 2013
We’ve had a very special person on our mind grapes today as we wish a very happy 55th birthday to the Voice of the Phil, Alec Baldwin! The former Mr. Donaghy wears many hats over here as Board Member, Radio Host, and our friendly reminder to silence cell phones before every concert. He’s also performed with the Orchestra, including narrating L’Histoire du Soldat as part of our The Russian Stravinsky festival (in 2010, pictured above). Many happy returns, Alec — we’ll play some romantic marches by John Philip Sousa in your honor.
(Photo: Chris Lee)
31 January 2013
We Want To Go To There Again
With tonight’s series finale of NBC’s 30 Rock, starring Philharmonic friend, announcer, and Board Member Alec Baldwin, we revisit our favorite musical interlude from this season, from an episode featuring Music Director Alan Gilbert and musicians from the Orchestra.
23 January 2013
“ It’s the Glengarry Glen Ross model of opening. ”
Alec Baldwin, Philharmonic Radio Host and Board Member, on the Orchestra’s three weeks of opening concerts for the 2013-14 season.
Instead of “always be closing,” here at the Phil we believe in “always be opening.”
23 January 2013
“ Music has such an overpowering place in film. To watch a film and have the full heft of the Philharmonic behind it is not to be missed. ”
— Alec Baldwin, Philharmonic Radio Host and Board Member, on The Art of the Score in the 2013-14 season.