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08 November 2020
Luzern (Lucerne)

High Noon – in Concert
City Light Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ernst van Tiel - KKL Luzern · Konzertsaal

Program Info:
Dimitri Tiomkin - High Noon

“High Noon” from 1952 and starring Gary Cooper is one of the best known and most famous Hollywood westerns. Experience this real-time thriller, awarded 4 Oscars®, as another pearl of our "Movie Masterpieces Live" series at the KKL Luzern.

Before the cinema premiere, “High Noon” received bad marks from the selected test audience. The decisive factor was that the film had no film music, which is why the film studio did not release the film. It was the hour of the Russian composer Dimitri Tiomkin. He composed the ballad High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin ') , on which the orchestral music was based. His work was awarded 2 Oscars® in 1953 - for "Best Film Music" and "Best Song". Experience this Western classic on a big screen with “High Noon” - in concert, while the City Light Symphony Orchestra plays the iconic film music written by Dimitri Tiomkin.

“High Noon” tells the story of 50-year-old Marshal Will Kane (Gary Cooper). Newly married to 30-year-old Amy (Grace Kelly), he wants to retire in the neighboring town. But just as he was about to leave, the news reached him that bandit Frank Miller had been pardoned.
Will put Frank behind bars five years ago. Now Frank is thirsting for revenge, whereby he should arrive in the town on the 12 o'clock train. Contrary to Amy's pleading, Will decides to stay in the town and face Frank. And the 12 noon train appears on the horizon ...

Director Fred Zinnemann tells this story in almost 90 minutes in gripping real time. The film opens with the ballad High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin ') and the text by Ned Washington perfectly captures the story and emotions of the film. Harmonica, guitars and light percussion take you to the Wild West, whereby Dimitri Tiomkin subsequently adapts this unexcited but striking opening melody into a dramatic and tension-filled orchestral music.

Go into the brooding wild west with “High Noon” and look forward to the showdown with one of the most popular film scores by Dimitri Tiomkin.

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