Sept. 22, 2004
Music School Debuts Film Series with ‘Amadeus’
The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music will launch its 1st Annual Film Series on Wednesday, Sept. 22, with a showing of “Amadeus,” the film that explores the genius of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a child prodigy who died mysteriously at the age of 35.
Each film in the series highlights music or a musician through its narrative or has a particularly interesting or significant musical score. Prior to each screening, a music school faculty member or another speaker with artistic connections to the movie will address themes in the film. The free screenings are open to the CUA community only.
“We wanted to give Catholic University students the opportunity to view films with interesting musical scores,” says Andrew Simpson, associate professor of music who helped to organize the program. “We hope that the series will provide both an educational and artistic venue for the entire university community to explore great films and wonderful music.”
As an extension of the film series, composer John Corigliano, who won the Oscar for Best Original Score for “The Red Violin” (showing Oct. 7), will give a master class for CUA composers at the music school’s John Paul Rehearsal Hall on Friday, Oct. 15. The master class is open to the public.
All screenings will take place in Great Room A of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. Simpson will talk about “Amadeus” and the musical genius of Mozart in brief remarks prior to the Sept. 22 screening. Speakers for the other screenings will be announced at a later date. The films, dates and other details follow:
Wednesday, Sept. 22, 8 p.m. — “Amadeus.” The 1984 movie directed by Milos Forman deals with the last few months of Mozart’s life, told in flashbacks by musician Antonio Salieri.
Thursday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m. — “The Red Violin” and “Altered States.” The double feature showcases movies with scores by Oscar Award-winning composer Corigliano. Simpson will talk about Corigliano’s scores.
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 8 p.m. — “Psycho.” Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, the 1960 black-and-white film features music by composer Bernard Herrmann, who wrote scores for many of Hitchcock’s movies. Glen M. Johnson, associate dean for undergraduate studies and professor of English and media studies, will talk about the film.
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m. — “Impromptu.” Set in 1830s France, director James Lapine’s 1991 film portrays the love affair between novelist George Sand and composer Fredric Chopin.
Thursday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m. — “Immortal Beloved.” In the 1994 film, director Bernard Rose tackles the genius and untold love story of composer Ludwig van Beethoven.
Wednesday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m. — “32 Short Films About Glenn Gould.” Director Francois Girard’s 1994 film examines the life and music of the eccentric Canadian pianist.
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m. — “The Passion of Joan of Arc.” A highly acclaimed 1994 score by composer Richard Einhorn now accompanies the classic silent film by director Carl Theodor Dreyer. The voices of Anonymous 4, the medieval vocal ensemble that performed several times at CUA earlier this year, provide vocal accompaniment to the score.
Wednesday, March 9, 8 p.m. — “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Directed by Norman Jewison, the 1973 movie is the film version of the long-running Broadway rock opera, which depicts the last six days in the life of Jesus Christ through the troubled eyes of the disciple Judas Iscariot.
Wednesday, April 20, 8 p.m. — Silent Film Comedy Shorts. As accompaniment to the screening, composers Andrew Simpson and Maurice Saylor, head librarian at the music school, will present new compositions and the Cantate Chamber Singers, who appear throughout the Washington, D.C.-area, will perform.
For more information about the series or Corigliano’s master class, contact Simpson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-319-5564.
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