KC Symphony announces new Screenland at the Symphony series

KANSAS CITY -- The Kansas City Symphony and Screenland Theatres are thrilled to announce a new partnership celebrating the integral relationship between music and film. The new “Screenland at the Symphony” series begins May 4th with “Hitchcock!,” an evening of the great films scores to Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic films such as To Catch a Thief, Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder, and North by Northwest. The next evening, May 5th, the Symphony presents “Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Movies” with the ever-popular music from R&H greats like Oklahoma!, Carousel, The King and I, The Sound of Music and more.

Screenland founder Butch Rigby will serve as host for these movie evenings, bringing to life an idea that he and Kansas City Symphony Executive Director Frank Byrne have discussed on and off for years. Rigby commented, "I have always been proud that the name ‘Screenland’ has meant the very finest experience at the movies, and with the Symphony in Helzberg Hall, it just got even better."
“We are excited to join with Screenland Theatres to showcase the integral role of a great film score in the success of a great film,” Frank Byrne added. “These concerts with film scores performed live by the Kansas City Symphony will be a sonic and visual experience not to be missed.” For these first two concerts, the full Kansas City Symphony will be on stage with a large screen suspended above the orchestra. The superb acoustics of Helzberg Hall will provide a vivid sound that will eclipse even the best theater sound systems. Butch Rigby commented with some pride, “Mr. Dolby will be jealous!” and went on to say, "This will be the new standard of immersing yourself in the full experience of classic films." To feature a more historic genre of music and film, the Symphony will use the opportunity of its first organ recital in the 2013-2014 season to explore the realm of music for silent films. On Halloween evening, October 31, 2013, the Symphony will present the original Lon Chaney film “The Phantom of the Opera” in its restored 1929 version with a live, improvised pipe organ accompaniment performed by renowned organist Aaron David Miller. The Symphony and Screenland are in discussions about future events and are exploring the full range of options that include feature films, documentary films, and even television documentaries that have a connection to the music the Symphony is performing. Frank Byrne remarked, “The Symphony is delighted for the opportunity to explore a new segment of the musical repertoire, and to reach out to a new audience who may not have previously attended a Symphony performance. Working with such a knowledgeable and passionate film expert as Butch Rigby sparks many creative ideas.” Rigby added, "I am thrilled and delighted to be a part of what I am certain will be the very best night at the movies." Tickets for the May 4th “Hitchcock!” performance and the May 5th film with orchestra concert featuring Rodgers and Hammerstein are available now through the Symphony Box Office by calling (816) 471-0400, or select seats online now at www.kcsymphony.org. Tickets range from $35-$75. Group, senior and student discounts are available. Tickets for the October 31st “Phantom” presentation will be available to the public on July 29, 2013.

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