Thursday, May 19, 2011

MAN, WOMAN & THE BEAST WITHIN at Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago and Fulcrum Point New Music Project presented ECLIPSE Master Class: MAN, WOMAN & THE BEAST WITHIN last night at Columbia College Media Production Center, 1600 S. State St., Chicago.

Album art from Bernard Herrmann's score for Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo

Classic Scores
Scenes from several popular films, including the Alfred Hitchcock classic, Vertigo (1958), were screened while musicians from Fulcrum Point New Music Project performed selections from the movies’ soundtracks in the Media Center's main soundstage. Stephen Burns, Founder and Artistic Director conducted the Fulcrum Point New Music Project.

There Will Be Music
Movie clips and film score selections included pieces from There Will Be Blood (2007), directed by Paul Thomas Anderson with music by Jonny Greenwood; Shutter Island (2010) directed by Martin Scorsese with music Krzysztof Penderecki (featuring Symphony No. 3). The pieces played from the Vertigo score by Bernard Herrmann were a real highpoint. The orchestra was spot-on matching the music with the clips shown and the string section, so important in a Herrman score, were magnificent. The sound of the relatively small orchestra was magnified using Fujitsu Ten’s Elipse TD speaker. Fujitsu Ten has collaborated on three Master Classes with Columbia College Chicago.

Works by Students
In addition to the film scores mentioned above, scores composed by Columbia College students were performed while their respective films, also produced by Columbia College students, were screened. Maryln’s Dress (2010) a dark-themed short, directed by Tanya Savard was accompanied with music by Yiğit K. Güc. The Beast (2010), directed by Norman Franklin with music by Luke Wieting was a somewhat comic short about a young girl and how her life changes when her parents give her a new puppy.

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