Cameron University Concert Band invites all to “An Afternoon At the Movies”

The Cameron University Concert Band takes the stage on Sunday, December 4, to present “An Afternoon At the Movies.” The performance will start at 2 p.m. in the Cameron University Theatre. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior adults. Cameron students, faculty and staff with CU I.D. are admitted at no charge.  

“This concert is particularly family-oriented and will appeal to young and old alike,” says Dr. Matthew van Emmerik, conductor of the CU Concert Band. “We hope many families will be interested in listening and watching some of the most famous and well-known movie tunes ever to grace the big screen. With special segments of the movies projected as the band plays, this is sure to be a wonderful afternoon of music making.”

The Cameron University Concert Band is primarily composed of CU students who are joined by members of the 77th Army Band and musicians from throughout southwest Oklahoma. Students taking the stage for this concert are:

Mariama Abramson, Derik Daubenspeck, Brittany Donley, Paul Martin and Jason Villarreal, Cache; Dava Battiest and Gus Echols, Duncan; Irmtraud Bryant, Meers; Sarah Coe, Frederick; Jacob Downing, Poteau; J Gardner, Tuttle; Holly Gore-Horsey, Anthony Gustave, Trent Hagood, Logan Hale, Braden Hatch, Jimmie Hinson, Nola McReynolds, Zach Ronio, Steven Warden-Ivers and Kenneth Williams, Lawton; Britnie Mendenhall, Elgin; Andurea Melton, Snyder; and Shelly Perry, Altus.

The concert will feature memorable movie music from classic films, opening with “Theme from Star Wars.” The John Williams-composed soundtrack is ranked as the number one Best Film Score by the American Film Institute.

Music from “The Incredibles,” composed by Michael Giacchino, is up next. The score was inspired by the film’s design – the future as seen from the 1960s.

“Somewhere in My Memory,” the theme from “Home Alone” is sure to evoke memories of the hilarious hijinks of Macauley Culkin.

The music of John Williams is once again featured, as the Concert Band will perform “The Raiders March” from “Raiders of Lost Ark.”

In 1978, the country was rocking to songs from the hit film, “Grease.” It’s time for poodle skirts, ducktails and hot rods when the Concert Band runs through the memorable tunes from this classic movie.

Memorable music by prolific film composer John Williams is again on tap. This time it’s the “Theme from Jurassic Park.” Williams has said that he felt he needed to write "pieces that would convey a sense of 'awe' and fascination" for this award-winning film.

Although the actor in the lead role of the James Bond movie franchise has changed numerous times in the course of 50 years, the original “James Bond Theme” has stayed ever-present in the minds of movie-goers. It has been described as representing “everything about the character you would want: it was cocky, swaggering, confident, dark, dangerous, sexy, unstoppable.” All in just two minutes!

John Williams demonstrated his prowess at scoring a comedy with the 1979 Steven Spielberg film “1941.”  Spielberg has said that the titular march is his favorite Williams march.

“Hymn to the Fallen” served as both the opening and closing score for “Saving Private Ryan,” another Spielberg film scored by Williams.

Williams was also the composer for the 1978 classic film, “Superman,” where the theme music evokes images of the Man of Steel flying through the air as he faces off against the evil Lex Luthor.

For further information please call the Cameron University Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts at 580-581-2440.

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PR 16-183

November 20, 2016