Space Coast Symphony Orchestra Will Present Your Favorite Western Film Scores Jan. 28 – 29
By Space Coast Daily // January 25, 2017
Q&A with Orchestra Conductor Aaron Collins
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra will present the “Wild Wild West,” an incredible concert featuring some of your favorite Western film scores on January 28 and 29.
Performances will include: Saturday, January 28, 7 p.m. at Vero Beach High School; andSunday, January 29 at The Scott Center for Performing Arts, located at 5625 Holy Trinity Drive in Melbourne. To purchase tickets, call 855-252-727.
Below, Aaron Collins, Space Coast Symphony Orchestra Conductor & Artistic Director, talks about the upcoming concert:
Q: In your opinion, what characteristics makes music distinctly Western?
A: So many composers contributed to that Western sound: Copland, Tiomkin, E. Bernstein, Morricone, and others. Most apparent in the different western movie themes was the constant beat in the background that tended to imitate Native American rhythms.
There’s a kind of driving rhythm as well — regular, incisive, sharply accented — that permeates in many of the scores as well. Also incorporating such folk instruments as the guitar, the harmonica, and the whistle into the score produced a unique sound that became associated in the American mind with the music of the American West. And finally, open melodies that evoke the openness of the American landscape.
Q: With so many popular Western movies, how were you able to narrow down selections for this performance?
A: There are not a lot of Western film scores available in the first place. Film scores, especially the manuscripts straight from the original recording sessions don’t get performed too often. So it is always exciting to highlight scores that rarely get performed like The Wind and the Lion and The Quick and the Dead, paired with more popular works like The Magnificent Seven and The Cowboys. This is a great mix of scores that the audience will absolutely love.
Q: SCSO is known for pairing film clips with its performances. Why add this special element to your concerts?
A: It just adds another element that connects to your non-typical audience goer. We love seeing new faces in our hall at performances. The scores were written for film, so it only makes sense to feature them side by side.
Q: Why should people come out to The Wild, Wild West?
A: Some of the greatest and most memorable film scores come from the Western film genre. This will be an incredibly exciting program that showcases our musicians along with these fantastic scores!
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