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Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) December 20, 2012
The concert hall is transformed into the movie theater when the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO), lead by Music Director Marin Alsop, with soprano Irina Tchistjakova and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society perform Sergei Prokofievs music score from Sergei Eisensteins classic 1938 motion picture Alexander Nevsky. The BSO and guests will perform this majestic score live while the film is projected behind them on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 8 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore. Please see below for complete program details.
The 1938 historical drama Alexander Nevsky depicts the title characters improbable defeat of the invading Teutonic Knights in the mid-13th century Battle of the Ice, keeping safe his kingdom of Novgorod. The film was directed by pioneering Russian director Sergei Eisenstein, who employed special effects and cinematic techniques that were considered advanced for the era, with a musical score by Sergei Prokofiev. The creative collaboration between director and composer is heralded as an industry standard for filmmakers. Perhaps what fueled their synergy was their shared desire to create a popular hit that would be also be viewed favorably by Josef Stalin, thus keeping them safe from Stalinist purges. Yet the trying circumstance in which the film score was composed is not reflected in its vivid, inspirational music, reminiscent of Russian folk tunes. The degraded quality of the original soundtracks recording, however, does not do justice to Prokofievs compelling score. Marin Alsop and the BSO remedy this with live orchestral performances to accompany screenings of this legendary masterpiece.
Under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Marin Alsop, the BSO has become a leader among American orchestras for its unique programs designed around unified themes of cultural significance and broad appeal. Alexander Nevsky is part of the BSOs season-long celebration of the marriage of film and music. Other cinema-inspired programs performed this season include Charlie Chaplins Modern Times (May 10-12) and Leonard Bernsteins movie musical West Side Story (June 13-16).