Soundtrack Legends: A Tribute to Elmer Bernstein

ebA master of poignant drama as well as rousing western adventures and hilarious comedies, Elmer Bernstein (1922-2004) belonged to the ‘Silver Age’ composers of Hollywood who pioneered the use of jazz idioms in film scoring (primarily with his ingenious score for Otto Preminger’s The Man With the Golden Arm in 1955). He had a striking gift for melody and penned themes that were both memorable, beautiful and catchy. In collaboration with his son Peter Bernstein, who followed in the footsteps of his father and is a film composer in his own right, Soundtracks Live presents a career-spanning Soundtrack Legends program featuring Elmer Bernstein’s best known scores as well as some of his most brilliant scores for cinematic masterpieces such as Far From Heaven, My Left Foot and The Age of Innocence.

Program includes music from the following films*:

  • The Age of Innocence (Martin Scorsese, 1993)
  • An American Werewolf in London (John Landis, 1981)
  • The Buccaneer (Anthony Quinn, 1958)
  • Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes, 2002)
  • Ghostbusters (Ivan Reitman, 1984)
  • Hawaii (George Roy Hill, 1966)
  • Heavy Metal (Gerald Potterton, 1981)
  • The Magnificent Seven (John Sturges, 1960)
  • The Man With the Golden Arm (Otto Preminger, 1955)
  • My Left Foot (Jim Sheridan, 1989)
  • The Shootist (Don Siegel, 1976)
  • The Ten Commandments (Cecil B. de Mille, 1956)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan, 1962)

* All Soundtracks Live! concert programs are subject to client customization to meet your specific demands. Please contact Soundtracks Live! to discuss!

Suggested Soundtracks Live! conductor for this concert: PETER BERNSTEIN

A Note from Peter Bernstein

My father was a great supporter of film music in every way. In an era when it was rare for film scores to be released as recordings he was known as the most recorded film composer. In an era when film music was looked down upon in the concert halls of the world he participated in every film music concert he could make himself available for. His “Elmer Bernstein’s Film Music Collection” record club in the 1970’s paved the way for the modern film music world in which almost every film score is available on its own.

Thus it has been with great satisfaction that I have seen interest in his music continue in concert halls around the world. It is a testament to his work not only as a supporter of film music, but as a composer of music which will continue to be heard for years to come.

It has been my pleasure to assist in helping to assemble this program as a comprehensive look at a great musical legacy.

Peter Bernstein
Encino, California 2014


SPOTIFY: Selected concert pieces (please note that arrangements may differ slightly from the versions available on Spotify).

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