Bumping Into Broadway: February 17th

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DCS performs Ruth Crawford Seeger’s Music for Small Orchestra, Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite and premieres a new score by Golden Globe Nominee, Rolfe Kent, to Bumping Into Broadway (1919) starring Harold Lloyd, February 17th at City Performance Hall

The DCS continues its popular film score series with a concert that features Copland’s original ballet suite for 13 instruments, and welcomes Rolfe Kent, film composer for such films as LEGALLY BLONDE, SIDEWAYS, and UP IN THE AIR.

The Dallas Chamber Symphony’s 2014-2015 continues with a concert on February 17th, 2014 that will feature a new score by Rolfe Kent, a highly prolific film composer who is setting a new score to BUMPING INTO BROADWAY (1919) starring Harold Lloyd. The boy-meets-girl silent comedy features Lloyd’s famous “glasses” character, and is widely regarded as one of his strongest romantic comedies ever made. The DCS also performs Ruth Crawford Seeger’s Music for Small Orchestra, a rarely performed gem of the modernist-composer’s chamber repertoire. It’s premiere was in Canyon, Texas in 1969, at the college that is now West Texas A&M University.

Tasked with setting the film to music is Rolfe Kent, a U.K.-based film composer, who has scored more than 50 films, including Academy Award nominated UP IN THE AIR (for which he won a Golden Satellite award), SIDEWAYS (for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award in 2007), YOUNG ADULT, CHARLIE ST. CLOUD, ABOUT SCHMIDT, ELECTION, MEAN GIRLS, LEGALLY BLONDE and LEGALLY BLONDE II, WEDDING CRASHERS, THE MATADOR, REIGN OVER ME, THE HUNTING PARTY, THE GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST, and THANK YOU FOR SMOKING. Kent also composed the Emmy-nominated main title theme for the Showtime hit, DEXTER. In 2012, he received the Richard Kirk award for career achievement.

Andrew Granade of SoundtrackNet writes “Kent’s great gift… is his timbral control. He mixes sound colors beautifully, even allowing in moments of spoken voice that are so fleeting and subdued that they become another musical instrument.”

The program also features Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite (original version) and welcomes Jun Iwasaki as guest-concertmaster. Mr. Iwasaki maintains a strong local following, while also serving as concertmaster of the Nashville Symphony.

Iwasaki is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s prestigious Concertmaster Academy, he has been hailed for his combination of dazzling technique and lyrical musicianship. In a review of Iwasaki’s performance at the Mimir Chamber Music Festival, the Fort Worth Star Telegram called him “the magician of the evening. He could reach into his violin and pull out bouquets of sound, then reach behind your ear and touch your soul.”

Prior to joining the Nashville Symphony, Iwasaki served as concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony from 2007-2011, and he performed with that ensemble at the first annual Spring for Music Festival in 2011. Throughout his career, he has appeared with numerous other orchestras, including the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Blossom Festival Orchestra, Rome (Georgia) Philharmonic, New Bedford Symphony, Canton Symphony, Richardson Symphony, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Plano Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra. In addition, he has served as concertmaster of Asian Artists and Concerts Orchestra (AAC), guest concertmaster of the Santa Barbara Symphony in 2010, and guest concertmaster of the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa in 2006. He served in the same position with the Canton (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra from 2005-07.

The concert will be held on Tuesday, February 17th at City Performance Hall (2520 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201). It will begin at 8:00 p.m. Individual tickets are available for $19-$44 each. For event information or to purchase tickets, visit dallaschambersymphony.org or call (214) 449-1294. Tickets may also be purchased in the City Performance Hall lobby the evening of the concert starting at 6:30 p.m.

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