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Feb. 28 2012

I Coulda Been a Contender… The BSO Goes to the Movies

By Kati Harrison | Posted in Host Blogs | 6 Comments

You may recognize the opening title of this blog from one of  history’s most famous film scenes starring Marlon Brando as Terry Malloy in On The Waterfront.  The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will perform Leonard Bernstein’s score to On The Waterfront  accompanying the film during the new season. 

This morning the BSO held a press conference about its 2012-2013 season, and I was happily struck by the number of films the orchestra will accompany.  We are more visual now than ever before, so it makes sense to link music performance with film.  To me watching a film with the orchestra performing is not a distraction from either the film itself or the performance but a fulsome sensory experience.

The lineup includes Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times in May.  Conductor Marin Alsop said she admired Chaplin’s use of music and his understanding of how important music was to cinema.






In June the BSO will romance and rumble West Side Story!  My favorite actor/dancer in the film is George Chakiris (thus the photo) who won best supporting actor for his role.   

 Of all the films the BSO will accompany, I’m ashamed to say that I have never seen Hairspray in its entirety! I’ll have a great opportunity to see it and enjoy the music in January of 2013 with the film’s maker, John Waters narrating. Hey, that looks like Deborah Harry from the punk rock group Blondie!


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Kati Harrison


Kati is WBJC's Operations Director and weekend host. Her full bio can be read here.

6 Responses to I Coulda Been a Contender… The BSO Goes to the Movies

  • Judith says:

    I was struck by what you said, Kati, that “We are more visual now than ever before”. It used to be that people would talk about going to “hear” a play. Now, they even talk about going to “see” a concert!

    • Kati Harrison
      Kati Harrison says:

      Wow, I didn’t realize that people used to say, “going to hear a play.” That’s so interesting Judith! Seeing is great as long as we still listen and hear. 🙂

  • Dyana Neal
    Dyana Neal says:

    What a cool lineup! Kati, I think you’ll love the original “Hairspray.” That’s a wonderful pic & reminds me of Van Smith, John Waters’ longtime costume designer & make-up artist. Such a brilliant, funny, talented man; I’ll always miss him.

    • Kati Harrison
      Kati Harrison says:

      I’m looking forward to Hairspray as well, Dyana! From the clips I’ve seen, it looks like a madcap adventure through the early 60’s. The costumes and especially the hair are delicious hoots!

  • mplo says:

    Oh, boy…the film West Side Story along with the BSO Orchestra! Hey…..I’m game for that one! When in June is it??

    • Kati Harrison
      Kati Harrison says:

      These are the dates for the BSO with “West Side Story,”

      Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. @ Strathmore
      Friday, June 14, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. @ The Meyerhoff
      Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. @ The Meyerhoff

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