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09 December 2022

100 Years of Elmer Bernstein
National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Peter Bernstein - National Concert Hall

Program Info:
A blockbuster celebration of one of Hollywood’s greatest composers, Elmer Bernstein, to mark the centenary of his birth, introduced and conducted by his son, Peter Bernstein, hosted by film music specialist Tim Burden, and with music from some of his most iconic scores, including three concert world premieres.

Elmer Bernstein confessed ‘a love affair with Ireland’, recording many of his signature soundtracks in Dublin’s Windmill Lane Studios – My Left Foot and Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence among them – and often escaping Hollywood to holiday in County Kerry.

An admired film composer, orchestrator and conductor, Peter Bernstein co-composed many scores with his father, including the playfully cartoonish comedy spooks hit Ghostbusters.

The unmissable evening of movie magic includes memorable, genre-defining scores from his ruggedly virile Western masterpiece, The Magnificent Seven, the luxurious Biblical epic, The Ten Commandments, and unforgettably jaunty woodwinds above an imposing military march from The Great Escape.

Bernstein was an incomparable master at finding the right mood, as in his Oscar-winning Roaring Twenties-set Thoroughly Modern Millie, his gritty, jazz-accented The Grifters, the evocative, American folk tune-laced romance of To Kill a Mockingbird, and the gloriously tongue-in-cheek sky-high drama of Airplane!.

Making their first-ever appearance on a concert stage are one of his rare excursions into science-fiction, the dynamic Slipstream, the infectious anarchy of cult classic The Blues Brothers, and the delightfully comic-poetic score for Hugh Leonard’s Da.

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