Big Music in the Movies… and Knowing What to Steal
Christopher Palestrant returns to talk about music in the movies. Don’t miss it
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 7:30
Come discover the movies’ greatest secret. Did you know that when George Lucas was directing Star Wars in 1977, he needed something new for his theme music? John Williams gave it to him: a trick taken from… an opera written in 1869! His work resulted in one of the most popular and important film scores ever written. Come discover connections Chris has found between movie scores and Romantic-era symphonic music and the effect it has on you when you go to the cinema. Experience the second revolution in film scoring: it will change the way you watch movies forever!
Chris is currently Professor of Music Composition and Theory at Elizabeth City State University of the University of North Carolina, where he was honored as the “Teacher of the Year” by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. He is also a member of the award winning blues band Uphill, and performs regularly throughout northeastern North Carolina and southern Virginia.
He is the recipient of the Third Biennial Michael Hennagin Prize, a prizewinner in the Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composers’ Competition and the Randolph S. Rothschild prize in composition. His music and writings have been selected for presentation for the College Music Society national conferences, the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Intercollegiate Music Association. Chris’ compositions include the orchestral works The Wind in His Mane, Caligula and Festival Hebridean. His work also includes numerous chamber pieces, choral music and one-act operas.