The Breckenridge Music Festival will present a fun-filled BMF Orchestral Series concert titled “Oscar Winners All” on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Riverwalk Center.
The evening’s performance will feature music from movies “Harry Potter,” “Raiders of The Lost Ark,” “Robin Hood” and more. Breckenridge Music Festival audiences are in for a very exciting night of great symphonic music suitable for the whole family as the 45-member orchestra of high-caliber professional musicians from around the country performs music from films old and new.
Audiences will enjoy the magical compositions of John Williams, musically animating worlds filled with witches and wizards, Jedi and wookies, with selections from film scores including “Harry Potter,” “Star Wars” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Along with well-known music by Williams, the concert will feature music from such classic films as “Robin Hood,” “Ben Hur” and “Dr. Zhivago.”
Master of the movies
A native of New York City, Williams has become one of the most successful American film composers of all time. He is the winner of five Academy Awards, 17 Grammys, three Golden Globes, two Emmys and five awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Apart from his film scores and ceremonial music, Williams is also a noted composer of concert works.
Among the selections from Williams’ numerous award-winning movies scores is “Flying Theme” from the 1982 film “E.T. — the Extra-Terrestrial,” which won Williams an Oscar and a Golden Globe. Williams’ score for “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) received both Oscar and Grammy nominations. Perhaps no film series will ever surpass the achievement of the “Star Wars” “space operas,” which debuted in 1977. The wry and colorful “Harry Potter Suite” is derived by Williams from his soundtrack for the film “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (2001), for which the composer received an Oscar and a Grammy.
A major venture by Hollywood into the comic book genre was marked by the release of the initial “Superman” movie in 1978. Several adaptations of the brassy and bravura film score include the current “Superman Suite,” by John Tatgenhorst. For his efforts, composer Williams received both Oscar and Grammy nominations.
A special guest performer of the night, 17-year-old Schmitt Music Piano Competition Division IV winner Jiaqi Long will play the opening movement of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Festival Orchestra.
The piece is known for being highly criticized, before its public debut, by Tchaikovsky’s mentor, who called it “worthless and unplayable.” Tchaikovsky, however, refused to change a note, and once performed, the piece became one of the most celebrated concertos of all time.
Concert soloist Long was born in 1996 in Liuzhou, Guangxi province, China, where he began his piano studies at the age of 4. Just one year later, he won Guangxi province’s Little Musician’s Piano Competition. In the years following, Long was successful in many other competitions in China, including first place in the Pearl River National Piano Competition in 2008.
In 2007, Long was the youngest pianist ever to be admitted to the pre-college division of the Guangxi Arts Institute, where he continued his studies under professor Cheng Jun. In August 2010, Long, with the full support of his parents, emigrated to the U.S., where he is now a student at Accelerated Schools, continuing his piano studies with professor Larry Graham and Jasmine Steadman. Since his arrival in the U.S., Long has won the Kawaii Competition and first prize in Steinway Concerto Competition Junior Division, giving him the opportunity to be a featured performer with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in February 2012. As the winner of the 2012 Steinway Concerto Competition Senior Division, he will be performing with the CSO again in the 2013-14 season.