National Philharmonic: On the Waterfront Film with Live Orchestra

Saturday, September 29, 2018, 8pm

The Music Center

National Philharmonic
Music Center

National Philharmonic
On the Waterfront Film with Live Orchestra

Piotr Gajewski, conductor 

“Once in a great while a movie becomes an artistic triumph, and Bernstein’s music definitely lifts “On the Waterfront” into that realm… Anyone who knows the film appreciates Bernstein’s contribution, and live-to-picture events help to remind people just how thrilling and significant it is.”

- film music scholar John Burlingame

Leonard Bernstein’s beautiful score for the Oscar-winning film On the Waterfront (1954) is his only work composed specifically for film. He created a powerful musical rendition of the drama, conveying the individual characters through music of unfailing appeal and expressiveness. Nobility, violence, corruption, tenderness, aspiration, frustration, resignation. The gamut of human emotions and dramatic situations from the film are fully realized in Bernstein’s score. Bernstein’s music was nominated for an Academy Award for "Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture" and has been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the best film scores of all time.

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On the Waterfront

September 29 Performance Only

Pre-concert lecture with Associate Conductor Victoria Gau, 6:45pm

Panel Discussion/Q&A at 7pm with film experts Linda DeLibero, Senior Lecturer and Special Advocate for Alumni and Outreach in the Film and Media Studies program at Johns Hopkins University, and David Sterritt, Editor-in-Chief of Quarterly Review of Film and Video, contributing writer at Cineaste,  film professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and moderator of the Cinema Club at Washington's historic Avalon Theater. 

Linda DeLibero is Senior Lecturer and Special Advocate for Alumni and Outreach in the Film and Media Studies program at Johns Hopkins University, where she teaches film history and aesthetics. She has written widely on film, media, and popular culture for numerous publications, including The Hopkins Review, The Village Voice, The Boston Review and Newsday, and her film reviews and commentary are available at the Baltimore Sun’s podcast, Dan Rodricks’ “Roughly Speaking.” Her forthcoming book on Marlon Brando is part of the Icons of America series from Yale University Press.

David Sterritt is Editor-in-Chief of Quarterly Review of Film and Video, contributing writer at Cineaste,  film professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and moderator of The Cinema Club at Washington's historic Avalon Theater. His 15 books include Simply Hitchcock, Rock 'n' Roll Movies, and The Cinema of Clint Eastwood: Chronicles of America, and he wrote most recently about Marlon Brando for Acting, an edited collection from Rutgers University Press.

Promenade level: Come early to see behind-the-scenes images of the filming of On the Waterfront, vintage movie posters, and books and articles about the cast and Leonard Bernstein, graciously on loan by Second Story Books.