This special release by Varèse Sarabande features nine select highlights from Bernstein’s epic score, each recorded in Salt Lake City, Utah, with Bernstein conducting the Utah Symphony Orchestra under the supervision of Cauldron producer George Korngold after the film’s release. […]
Elmer Bernstein’s memorable and momentous masterpiece for Cecil B. Demille’s epic blockbuster, “The Ten Commandments,” can finally be experienced in its entirety, intact and uncut and expertly restored in this 6-CD release by Intrada. […]
The Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts has extended its Elmer Bernstein Memorial Film Series into 2017 with eight more classic Bernstein films ranging the gamut of the composer’s diverse career. […]
March 7 & May 9, 2016—The Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts continues its Elmer Bernstein Memorial Film Series with two more films, Airplane and The Age of Innocence, to be shown in entirety and curated by renowned film music writer and historian Jon Burlingame, who will introduce each film and host a Q&A with the audience. […]
For their season closer, the Granada Theatre and the Santa Barbara Symphony will present “Best of Classical Guitar,” a three-work venue that includes Elmer Bernstein’s stirring “Guitar Concerto.” Spanish classical guitarist Pablo Sainz-Villegas will join the Symphony for this special program. […]
Enjoy a unique venue celebrating Elmer Bernstein’s life and music through an artful combination of rarely seen movie clips from the Bernstein library and live perfomances by the Phoenix Symphony under the baton of son Peter Bernstein. The program, in coordination with Bernstein’s sons, Peter and Gregory, and the Elmer Bernstein Estate, will feature such iconic scores as, The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, To Kill a Mockingbird and Ghostbusters, and will include a special guest appearance by Mary Badham who played Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Phoenix Symphony website.
In Spies Like Us, a John Landis comedy romp turned cult classic from 1985, Elmer Bernstein delivers a score that certainly has its appropriately zany over-the-top moments, but also delivers on the rich, expansive themes that makes a Bernstein score a Bernstein score. From jazzy to resplendent to a climactic fanfare, this is a fun listen that will conjur many of Bernstein’s most memorable themes.
This release is currently available only from the Varèse Sarabande website, and is limited to 1000 copies.
In this boisterous soundtrack for a circus-and-zoo-centric story, Bernstein brings his patent sense of fun to a fittingly comic experience that brings jazz and rock undertones together along with rich instrumentals, both sensitive and rousing. The score is presented in dynamic stereo remastered from the original 2-inch, 24-track masters pristinely maintained in the Paramount vault. This is a limited-edition Intrada Special Collection CD.
For more information, listen to select track excerpts, and to purchase, please visit the Intrada website.
Selected specifically for the great scores behind them, Sweet Smell of Success and Hawaii will be shown in entirety on the big screen as part of Elmer Bernstein Memorial Film Series, established by the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts to honor the life and work of noted film composer and Santa Barbara resident, Elmer Bernstein.
This year’s guest curator is noted film-music critic and biographer of the late Elmer Bernstein, Jon Burlingame, who will host the screening and moderate a QA session following the film.
Tickets are available for purchase through the Granada Theatre website. Click the titles below to purchase directly.
This newest release from Varèse Sarabande is a fun, full-bodied romp “back to the future” to 1985, an iconic year for film music that includes over six and a half hours of newly recorded favorites conducted by David Newman and featuring everything from hit songs to complete CDs, among them Elmer Bernstein’s Spies Like Us and The Black Cauldron.
“Back In Time…1985 At The Movies” is a 6-CD set that also includes a deluxe LP package that features an original cover painting by Matthew Joseph Peak (A Nightmare on Elm Street artist) and a 24-page booklet with extensive liner notes by album producer Robert Townson along with exclusive photographs from the premiere Varèse Sarabande Symphony Orchestra recording sessions held on the historic Newman Scoring Stage at 20th Century Fox.
For more information or to purchase, visit the Varèse Sarabande website.