Accolades for DCS’s “entertaining” & “interactive” film score program at Dallas City Performance Hall

“The Dallas Chamber Symphony Knows How to Put Music to a Movie”, writes Katie Womack of the Dallas Observer.

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Dallas Chamber Symphony performs its silent film-score series to an enthusiastic audience at the new City Performance Hall to critical acclaim. Katie Womack of the Dallas Observer writes:

“It’s getting easier and easier to find movie screenings with live musical accompaniment these days. It’s harder to find it done well. On Tuesday night, the Dallas Chamber Symphony proved they know exactly how to create a well executed, interactive and entertaining live music/film screening experience.” She continues, ”With a few notable exceptions, Dallas’ classical music scene is lacking when it comes to groups dedicated to pursuing innovative, modern, or avant-garde concert-hall music. The Dallas Chamber Symphony’s Tuesday night concert highlighted the group’s potential to fill this void.”

On the first half of the concert program, the Dallas Chamber Symphony performed the Chamber Symphony by John Adams, and Womack writes:

“…during Adams’ Chamber Symphony, the strength of this group shone through; they have some incredible talent in their midst. Adams’ piece is remarkably challenging and several of the musicians, including first violinist Jing Wang, wowed. It was exciting to hear an interesting modern chamber work in a perfectly suited-space.”

After intermission, the orchestra premiered the Dallas Chamber Symphony’s commissioned film-score of Austin-based composer, Brian Satterwhite to a film screening of Harold Lloyd’s A Sailor-Made Man. Womack continues, ”the audience was drawn into the film from the start, bursting into laughter and interacting with the story audibly. Satterwhite’s score was perfectly stylized without resorting to parody.” She adds, ”This combination of old and new elements helped transport the audience to a different time and place without over-doing musical clichés. He relied heavily on the piano in his orchestration, evoking the silent-film theater tradition of piano-accompaniment. Richard McKay did a masterful job at the challenging task of keeping the orchestra in sync with the film.”

The Dallas Chamber Symphony’s film score programs are made possible in part by the new Dallas City Performance Hall. Womack remarks, the new venue “is the perfect setting for this kind of program. Sometimes a theater with a great screen has lousy acoustics. Transversely, I’ve seen movies in concert halls where the visual quality of the film and screen seem to be an afterthought. In this space, both acoustics and visuals were spot on.”

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Join us next time, February 26, 2013 @ 7:30pm – Dallas City Performance Hall

For more information about the Dallas Chamber Symphony’s next concert on February 26, 2013, 7:30pm at City Performance Hall, featuring The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, visit www.DallasChamberSymphony.org. Tickets are available starting at $24 ($15 for students), and may be purchased online, at the door, or by phone at (214) 880-0202.

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