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University Wind Orchestra & Symphonic Wind Ensemble
THIS PERFORMANCE TOOK PLACE IN 2007 To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of Star Wars, the Wind Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Moonlighters Big Band will be joining forces to present an evening brimming with top-drawer film classics. Raymond Scott’s Powerhouse, although little known as a concert work, will be familiar to many as the soundtrack for dozens of well-known cartoons. Belonging to the same high-energy world as Powerhouse, the themes from The Simpsons and The Incredibles have become instant classics. Two more serious works from British composers are also featured: Malcolm Arnold’s breathtaking Sound Barrier Rhapsody and Vaughan Williams’ noble Prelude from 49th Parallel. No film concert would be complete without an appearance from the modern master of the movie screen, John Williams. His Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan is a simple and stirring lament, whilst the justly famous music from Star Wars needs no introduction. To round off a sparkling evening, Eric Whitacre’s Godzilla Eats Las Vegas is an extraordinary concoction, a soundtrack to an imaginary monster movie which screams through a host of styles including mambo, lounge music and even a little Elvis impersonation in a spectacular tour-de-force!