The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera’s 2014 Chattanooga International Film Music Festival, being held Feb. 28-March 2, will feature award-winning film composer Alan Silvestri. Registrations for the entire weekend Festival are open through Feb. 14 at www.chattfilmmusic.org.
The Festival begins Friday, Feb. 28, at the Majestic 12 Cinema on Broad Street with an evening reception and movie screening of Back to the Future. Alan Silvestri, who composed the music for the film, will offer a Q&A afterwards. The film and post-concert Q&A will be open to the public and tickets can be purchased at the door.
On Saturday, March 1, at the Majestic, the Festival’s Artistic Director, George S. Clinton, along with Silvestri and Sundance Film Music Program director Peter Golub, will present sessions on the behind the scenes work of composing for film. A panel discussion with the three composers will be moderated by BMI’s Doreen Ringer Ross. Festival participants will then attend the rehearsal and concert of Singin’ in the Rain at the Tivoli Theatre, in which the entire film will be screened while the CSO performs the music. The concert is also open to the public and tickets are on sale at the CSO box office.
On Sunday, March 2, Singin’ in the Rain film concert producer John Goberman and concert conductor Richard Kaufman will take questions regarding the process of combining film with live orchestra. Festival participants will then attend the rehearsal and concert, Hooray for Hollywood, conducted by CSO Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt, who has selected several popular film scores to perform. Silvestri, Clinton and Golub will also conduct works of their own creation from films such as Back to the Future and Austin Powers. The Hooray for Hollywood concert is also open to the public and tickets are on sale at the CSO box office. The weekend will be capped by a private reception for Festival participants.
Registration for the entire weekend of the Chattanooga International Film Music Festival is $195. College students with a valid student I.D. can attend for $50. Registration and complete information is at www.chattfilmmusic.org and seating is limited. Supporters of the event include BMI and the Sundance Film Music Program. Open to the public concert information can be found at www.chattanoogasymphony.org.
Over 60 students, aspiring film composers and movie enthusiasts attended last year’s festival, which included a screening of film music documentary These Amazing Shadows and film concert The Matrix, conducted by the film’s composer, Don Davis.