The Big Picture: Hitchcock! – LA Phil concert report Los Angeles performance at the Hollywood Bowl

The Big Picture: Hitchcock! – LA Phil concert report Los Angeles performance at the Hollywood Bowl

Suspense! Sinister plots! Mistaken identities! This year’s Big Picture is a thrilling tribute to the classic films of Alfred Hitchcock. Mesmerizing, haunting and psychologically gripping scores by Bernard Herrmann (Vertigo, North by Northwest), Dimitri Tiomkin (Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder) and more will be played live while spellbinding scenes are projected on the Bowl’s big screen.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association presents The Big Picture: Hitchcock!, a thrilling tribute to the groundbreaking films of Alfred Hitchcock, at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 7:30 PM.
Hosted by Academy award-winning actress Eva Marie Saint (On the Waterfront, North by Northwest), the evening will feature mesmerizing, haunting and psychologically gripping scores by Bernard Herrmann, Dimitri Tiomkin, Alfred Newman, Franz Waxman, Miklós Rózsa and more.

Iconic scenes from such Hitchcock classics as Vertigo, Psycho, Dial M for Murder, Rebecca, Spellbound, North by Northwest and more will be projected in HD on the Hollywood Bowl’s big screens while the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conducted by David Newman, performs selections from the films’ magnificent scores.

Tickets are now available for the Hollywood Bowl 2014 summer season online here or here, or via phone at 323.850.2000 or 800.745.3000 and in person at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office. For more information, please call 323.850.2000.

The ‘Master of Suspense,’ as Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) came to be known, directed more than fifty feature films, beginning in the silent era in England and ending in Hollywood in the late 1970s. Today’s filmmakers are constantly studying his six-decade output for clues about story structure, the role of montage, manipulating actors, and generally entertaining audiences within the thriller genre.

Eva Marie Saint is a motion picture, stage and television star without peer. Among her triumphs are the films On The Waterfront (1954), North by Northwest (1959), A Hatful of Rain (1957), Raintree County (1957), Exodus (1960), The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966), All Fall Down (1962), 36 Hours (1965), The Stalking Moon (1968), Grand Prix (1966) and Loving (1970). The names of her leading men read like a galaxy of stars: Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Henry Fonda, Gregory Peck, Warren Beatty, Richard Burton, Burt Lancaster and Cary Grant. Saint attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio, with the intention of becoming a school teacher. Thankfully, she changed her major to Theater Arts and the University has since dedicated the theater on campus in her name. Saint studied at the Actors Studio in New York and began her work in “live” television and theatre. Elia Kazan saw her in A Trip to Bountiful on Broadway and cast her in On the Waterfront, for which she won an Academy Award. Her stage credits on Broadway, in Los Angeles and at Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center include Summer and Smoke, Desire Under the Elms, Candida, The Rainmaker, Winesburg, Ohio; Duet for One, The Lincoln Mask, First Monday in October, The Fatal Weakness, Death of a Salesman and The Country Girl, for which she received the LA Drama-Logue Award. On television, Saint has earned five Emmy nominations for Middle of the Night (1954), by Paddy Chayefsky; the musical version of Our Town (1955), with Frank Sinatra and Paul Newman; the miniseries event How the West Was Won (1977); and Hallmark Hall of Fame’s Taxi!! (1978), with Martin Sheen. She won the Emmy for the miniseries People Like Us (1990) on NBC. Saint’s more recent films include I Dreamed of Africa (2000), Because of Winn-Dixie (2005), Don’t Come Knocking (2005), Superman Returns (2006) and Winter’s Tale (2014). Saint has been married for 62 years to director Jeffrey Hayden, with whom she has collaborated on many theatrical projects. They have performed together in Love Letters and Willa Cather’s On the Divide in theatres across America. They have two children and three grandchildren and consider them their best work so far.

Conducting the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra is David Newman, one of today’s most accomplished creators of music for film. In his 25-year career, he has scored over 100 films, ranging from War of the Roses, Matilda, Bowfinger, and Heathers, to the more recent The Spirit, Serenity, and Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakuel. Newman’s music has brought to life the critically acclaimed dramas Brokedown Palace and Hoffa; top-grossing comedies Norbit, Scooby-Doo, Galaxy Quest, The Nutty Professor, The Flintstones, Throw Mama From the Train; and award-winning animated films Ice Age, The Brave Little Toaster and Anastasia. The recipient of top honors from the music and motion picture industries, he holds an Academy Award nomination for his score to the animated feature, Anastasia, and was the first composer to have his piece, 1001 Nights, performed in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s FILMHARMONIC Series, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Passionate about nurturing the next generation of musicians, Newman serves on the Board of the American Youth Symphony, a 43-year-old pre-professional orchestra based in Los Angeles, where he launched the three-year “Jerry Goldsmith Project.” In 2007 he wrote the children’s melodrama “Yoko and the Tooth Fairy” for Crossroads School in Santa Monica, CA, and in 2010 he served on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival in the Film Scoring Program. When his schedule permits, he visits Los Angeles area high schools to speak about film scoring and mentor young composers. Newman is part of a film music composer dynasty that includes his late father, nine-time Oscar winning composer Alfred, his cousin Randy Newman, his uncles Emil and Lionel Newman, and his siblings Thomas and Maria Newman.

Tickets are available now for the Hollywood Bowl 2014 summer season online here or here, or via phone at 323.850.2000 or 800.745.3000 and in person at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office. For more information, please call 323.850.2000.

About the venue:

Nestled snugly in the Hollywood Hills, the Hollywood Bowl is the largest natural amphitheater in the United States. Seating nearly 18,000 patrons, the Bowl has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922; outdoor concert performances each summer feature classical, jazz, and world music presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. To this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s concerts.  The Bowl’s summer music festivals have become as much a part of a Southern California summer as beaches and barbecues, the Dodgers and Disneyland. The Bowl grounds themselves — one of Los Angeles County’s most renowned parks — are open year-round for visitors to enjoy free of charge.

Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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