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"Friday Night at the Movies"

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By Special to the Monitor

This Sunday marks the 80th anniversary of the Academy Awards. To kick off Hollywood’s annual event, The Los Alamos Community Winds will bring a little bit of “Tinseltown” to the stage this weekend with a concert of music from television and motion pictures titled “Friday Night at the Movies.”Friday’s concert marks the fourth in a series of biennial concerts of music from film and television that The Los Alamos Community Winds have produced. As always, director Ted Vives has crafted authentic wind transcriptions of the actual orchestral scores for this performance. Music performed will include excerpts from films made during 1931-1985 – a period of 54 years of cinema – and will feature music from “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980), “Victor/Victoria” (1982), “Silverado” (1985) and “E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial” (1982).“These concerts are always a joy to perform,” Vives said. “They do take a lot of preparation and the music is quite difficult, but very fulfilling for a group of musicians who want to stretch their musical horizons.”Orchestral soundtracks from movies are some of the most difficult music even for professionals to perform. The added dimension of re-working this music for a concert band adds yet one more level of difficulty to music that is already quite challenging.Also featured on the concert will be music from some lesser-known films. “The Gadfly” (1955) was a Russian film by renowned Soviet director, Aleksandr Fajntsimmer. Set in Italy in the 1800s, which was a time of revolt and uprisings, the film features the hero as a mysterious satirist who is only known by his pseudonym “Gadfly.” But the real treasure of the film is the music written by the great Russian composer, Dmitri Shostakovich. The concert will feature music from the scene entitled, “Folk Festival.”The concert will also include music by Alfred Newman, in many ways the father of modern film scoring thanks to his pioneering work in the technology and recording of film scores. The LACW perform a suite of music from “Street Scene” (1931), his very first film.In addition to “Friday Night at the Movies,” the Los Alamos Community Winds has two other upcoming events. The first of these is the second annual Student Solo Competition. This competition is open to all performers who have any type of voice or play any type of instrument. All auditioners must be younger than 19 and must live or take lessons in Los Alamos County. The winner will perform with the LACW on its concert May 10. Auditions will be held from noon-5 p.m. March 2 at Fuller Lodge.Also during the May 10 concert, the Los Alamos Community Winds will be performing Modeste Moussorgsky’s monumental work “Pictures at an Exhibition.” In addition to the winner of the Student Solo Competition, the concert will feature paintings and other two-dimensional artwork by area students and artists.Any students interested in participating in these events can find more information at www.lacw.org. Information can also be obtained from area music and art teachers.“Friday Night at the Movies” will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at White Rock Baptist Church. The concert is free, but a $5 donation is requested. The May 10 concert will also begin at 7 p.m. at White Rock Baptist Church.