The Music Institute of Chicago partners with Dempster St. Pro Musica for “Notes from Hollywood,” paying tribute to Hollywood movie music of the 1940s and ’50s Sunday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall.
Leonard Slatkin serves as narrator, conductor, and pianist for this event, which also honors the memory of his parents, violinist Felix Slatkin and cellist Eleanor Aller, leading film and recording musicians of the era and founders of the Hollywood String Quartet. Slatkin leads a chamber ensemble comprising members of Dempster St. Pro Musica (most also members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis, who perform work by Miklos Rozsa, Erich Korngold, Nino Rota, Enrico Morricone, Franz Waxman, Aaron Copland, and Leonard Bernstein. To acknowledge the close friendship between the Slatkins and Frank Sinatra, vocalist Tom Heitman performs selections from Sinatra’s groundbreaking album Close to You, accompanied by string players using the original Hollywood Quartet orchestrations.
Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $10 for students, available at here or 847.905.1500 ext. 108. For more information visitmusicinst.org. Proceeds from the concert benefit the Solti Foundation U.S., which mentors and provides financial assistance to young American conductors.