When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Memorial Auditorium, 1300 7th St.
Information: (940) 723-6202 or WFSO.org.
For those listeners who loved the 0- “Pixar in Concert,” they’ll be happy to know that WFSO Conductor and Music Director Fouad Fakhouri has returned to the movies.
The “WFSO does Hollywood” program will commence at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Memorial Auditorium with the orchestra performing pieces from 10 movies, some of which date back to classic television shows.
“This for me is a fun concert,” said Fakhouri. “It has some of my favorite music from movies. These concerts are fun and enjoyable, and not just for me. Audiences love those concerts.”
It’s Fakhouri’s first pops concert with the WFSO, “so I wanted it to be sort of memorable and sort of significant.”
A 75-piece orchestra will open with “Superman March.” “It’s a great tune by John Williams and everyone knows it. Young kids as well as adults have grown up listening to it.”
Fakhouri said that he approached the concert a little differently than he might have in the past. “I have done things that are very, very famous – things like ‘Star Wars’ or ‘Indiana Jones’ – things that people really, really know.” The pieces for this concert, he said, people will still recognize, but “it’s not necessarily music they may have heard recently except for “Mission Impossible.”
“I do it specifically because those sounds will conjure up the images in the movie from the back of the minds of people. This is music that stands alone. It’s music that does not need the movie.”
The Saturday program will continue with Zimmer’s “Curse of the Black Pearl” from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” a piece which includes the themes from each one of the adventure movies in the series.
For Audrey Hepburn fans, the WFSO will perform Henry Mancini’s “Moon River” from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Followed by Lalo Schifrin’s energetic 1960’s soundtrack “Mission Impossible,” music just as popular from the 1960’s program to the recent movies.
“We end the first half with a piece I have never done before but have wanted to do for a long time,” he said, “Trevor Jones ‘The Last of the Mohicans.’ This particular arrangement is about 15 minutes and covers the highlights of the movie: the main title, the elk hunt, the kiss, the fort battle and the top of the world. You get to sort of basically go through the movie in 15 minutes of music.”
Following an intermission, the WFSO returns with Williams’ “Flight to Neverland” from the 1990’s Peter Pan-inspired movie “Hook.” “The movie did okay but the music – especially the opening title we are doing – is just great music and some of the best John Williams has written.”
An arrangement titled “The Best of (James) Bond” is something Fakhouri has conducted before, and he said, “Audiences just adore it.”
Italian composer Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack from “Cinema Paradiso” follows. “It’s one of my favorite movies, and it’s a fantastic score, but not that many people know it.” Morricone is best known for the soundtracks he did for the Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns.
The WFSO will conclude with Elmer Bernstein’s “The Magnificent Seven” music.
“We may have a special encore at the end of the concert, if people want one.”
One of the things that Fakhouri hopes is that the “concert will give audiences a connection between what we do (symphonic music) and how it affects their day to day lives with the movies and TV they watch.
“My hope is we can connect that familiarity they have with these pieces and the movies, with what we do, and then come back to other concerts after that.”