As often as I've seen the 1942 film "Casablanca," it wasn't until I heard Max Steiner's score performed live with the movie this past Saturday that I fully appreciated how important the music is in establishing the mood of key scenes and in advancing the story.
This Saturday and Sunday (February 15 and 16) the symphony celebrates Valentine's Day weekend by showing one of the great romantic films of all time, "Casablanca," with the orchestra playing the score live. Since Valentine's Day is on the 14th, here are 14 factoids about the music of "Casablanca," cribbed from imdb.com and other sources.
The tradition of the holiday "pops" program is a well-established one at the symphony, and this weekend's concerts are just what you'd expect: yuletide classics, a guest performer (theatre and film singer Whitney Claire Kaufman), and a visit from St. Nick himself.
The first thing you need to know about the symphony's "Fantasia" program is that it's not a showing of the original 1940 film, but rather a mix of sequences from the original and the sequel, "Fantasia 2000."
It's toon time this weekend (November 1-3) at the St. Louis Symphony with music and animation from a pair of remarkable Disney films: "Fantasia" and its sequel from 60 years later "Fantasia 2000." The orchestra's new Resident Conductor Steven Jarvi is on the podium while Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and a host of other cartoon critters cavort on the screen.