Classically Cinematic by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Each week, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra converges to present a new program of classical instrumentation to Indianapolis music. Each week, the musicians and Indianapolis artists of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra reinvent classical music for Indianapolis arts patrons. This week the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra presents Classically Cinematic, an evening of musical masterpieces made famous by Hollywood films. Before these classical compositions made their debut on the big screen, they were the rage in concert halls across Europe. Now hear your favorite classical film scores live at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra April 23 to 25. Performance are 11:00 am and 8:00 pm on Friday, 8:00 pm on Saturday and 7:00 pm on Sunday. Tickets range from $20.00 to $58.00.

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has created quite a line up for their concerts this weekend at the Hilbert Circle Theatre of Indianapolis downtown. Music from films like Apocalypse Now, Platoon, Somewhere in Time and 2001: A Space Odyssey will fill the concert hall and spill onto the pavement of Monument Circle. These highly recognizable pieces permeate popular culture ever since their initial big screen debut. Music directors for film applied their notes to important moments in film history, so now they immediately evoke an emotional reaction from all who have seen their featured scenes. Experience the uncut music, in its original format, and appreciate the beauty of these masterpieces before film. It will have you asking, “Did the film make the music famous or the music make the film famous?”

Richard Wagner’s “The Ride of the Valkyries” was used in the pivotal helicopter scene in Apocalypse Now. As a squadron of helicopters attack a Vietnamese village in the 1970s war film, Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore, played by Robert Duvall, orders its use because “it scares the hell out of the slopes.” This tragic and difficult Vietnam War film became an almost instant classic, and that particular scene goes down in film history as one of the most ironically brutal ever seen in cinema.

Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” marks a memorable and tragic moment in Oliver Stone’s war flick, Platoon. It swells over helicopters and fire as the compassionate Sergeant Elias, played by Willem Dafoe, runs from a burning forest and is shot, seemingly by his own men. The sweeping aerial shots of his death, paired with close focuses on his merciless death makes yet another astounding statement about the hardship of war.

“Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” by Sergei Rachmaninoff sets the scene for romance in the 1980 film Somewhere in Time. The character played by Christopher Reeve uses the 18th variation of Rachmaninoff’s work to win the heart of the beautiful Jane Seymour. The action, set in 1912, actually predates, the composition of Rachmaninoff’s work, but Reeve, who time travels from the 1980s, is all too aware of the music powerful ability to connect lovers.

Video: 2001 A Space Odyssey, part of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Classically Cinematic, Indiana

And finally Classically Cinematic concludes with Johann Strauss’ “Blue Danube Waltz.” This piece is the background for the unforgettable space waltz in 2001: A Space Odyssey. The grandiose music juxtaposed to glowing stars, alien planets and the amazing technology belonging to man creates a feeling of not only the supernatural, but also comedy. Jets and space stations revolve, as if dancing, around space. This memorable moment in movie history is, perhaps, one of the most referenced scenes in film history.

Don’t miss this exciting Indianapolis event at the Hilbert Circle Theatre this weekend. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra aims to evoke an emotional response from its audience without the magic of movies. Come and feel how these compositions were originally heard, as they raged across concert halls in Europe.

Before the Classically Cinematic concert, take a stroll around the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in the heart of the Circle City. Or grab dinner at any of the many delicious Indianapolis restaurants in walking distance. After the concert, discuss your favorite movie music memories over drinks at any of these great Indianapolis bars. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis culture to Indianapolis sports and everything in between. Get out in Indy and find some fun!

Classically Cinematic
April 23 to 25

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Hilbert Circle Theatre
45 Monument Circle
Indianapolis, IN