Bartlesville, Ok – Constantine Kitsopoulos, Conductor and Artistic Director for the OK Mozart International Festival, will make his New York Philharmonic debut leading a program titled Hitchcock! on September 17-18 as part of THE ART OF THE SCORE: Film Week at the New York Philharmonic. Alec Baldwin, who is serving as Artistic Advisor for the week-long event, will host Kitsopoulos’s September 17 concert, and actor Sam Waterston will host the September 18 concert.
Kitsopoulos’s portion of the program celebrates the legendary director Alfred Hitchcock and the music written for his films by composers including Bernard Herrmann, Lyn Murray and Dmitri Tiomkin. Hitchcock ingeniously used music specifically composed for his movies to build suspense and enahnace drama. Clips will be shown from films that span the director’s career – including Vertigo, Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder, To Catch a Thief, and North by Northwest. The evening will feature a scene titled Hitchcock: By Himself, accompanied by Gounod’s Funeral March of a Marionette, the theme music from the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
The NY Philharmonic Film Week also includes Kurbrick’s 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY on September 20-21. Baldwin will moderate a second program on the 21st with filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, film composer Carter Burwell, and neuroscientist Aniruddh D. Patel titled “The Mind, Music, and Moving Images,” which is being co-presented by the New York Philharmonic and the World Science Festival.
“Music has such a powerful place in film,” said Alex Baldwin. “Sometimes the music is the best thing in the film; sometimes the music is telling you how to feel more than the visual images. To have the full heft of the Philharmonic behind such cinematic artistry is going to be thrilling.”
Kitsopoulos said, “I am thrilled to be making my debut with the New York Philharmonic. One of the things that will make it especially wonderful is working with those members of the Amici New York Orchestra who also play with the New York Philharmonic.”
This past June Constantine Kitsopoulos concluded his inaugural season as Artistic Director for the OK Mozart International Festival, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary this coming year. Kitsopoulos has made a name for himself as a conductor whose musical experiences comfortably span the worlds of opera and symphony, conducting in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Royal Albert Hall, and doing musical theater, where he leads orchestras on Broadway.
Kitsopoulos is in his sixth year as music director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra and continues as General Director of Chatham Opera, which he founded in 2005. He also serves as Music Director of the Festival of the Arts BOCA, an extraordinary multi-day cultural arts event for South Florida, and was most recently Music Director and Conductor of The Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess”, the Tony-Award winning Broadway musical revival featuring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis.
Kitsopoulos’s 2013-14 season includes appearances with the San Francisco Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, and Greater Bridgeport (Conn.) Symphony orchestras.
The OK MOZART International Festival takes place every June in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and is made possible through the support of the Oklahoma Arts Council as well as many other corporate, individual, and foundation patrons throughout the United States. To learn more about patron benefits and sponsorship opportunities, call the OKM Festival office at 918-336-9900.