Sergei Eisenstein's 1938 epic Alexander Nevsky was made as "a propaganda film for Stalin," notes Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra executive director Sue Levine. However, its power remains undeniable, thanks in part to Sergei Prokofiev's sweeping "Alexander Nevsky Cantata" the centerpiece of the Boulder Phil's Cinematic Fusion event tonight.
A Hollywood theme runs through the production. In addition to the "Cantata," in which Prokofiev's music will be juxtaposed with clips from the film, the lineup includes Aaron Copland's "Music for Movies" and Robin Hood soundtracker Erich Wolfgang Korngold's "Violin Concerto," featuring violinist Judith Ingolfsson. "Judith is a fantastic violinist, and we're delighted to have her join us," Levine notes and she's just as enthusiastic about the participation of the Ars Nova Singers. No doubt they'll all pass their screen test.
Cinematic Fusion gets under way at 7:30 p.m. at Macky Auditorium on the University of Colorado's Boulder campus. Tickets are $10 to $65. Phone 303-449-1343, ext. 2, or visit www.boulderphil.org for details.
Sat., Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m., 2008