“El Maestro” Returns to Catalonia

Back by Popular Demand, Elmer Bernstein to Conduct Exciting Program at Barcelona's L'Auditori, May 3, 4, 5, 2002

Elmer Bernstein, whose SRO performances of his work in March, 2001 were received with both popular and critical acclaim, has been invited back to conduct an array of his compositions. The concerts will be performed by the Orquestra Simfonica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya.

The 2002 program features several suites from various periods of his work, including “Kings of the Sun,” a frequently cited score, “The Great Escape” and “The Grifters.” Bernstein has also compiled a selection of waltzes from various films, including the Oscar®-nominated “The Age of Innocence,” and “Summer and Smoke,” and Oscar®-winner “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” “The waltz was born in Europe, and my European audiences seem to take great pleasure in these pieces, so it is a particular thrill for me,” states Bernstein.

A special section that showcases his ground-breaking, innovating use of jazz in films will include “Walk on the Wild Side, “Sweet Smell of Success,” and “Rage in Harlem.” And the program will conclude on a high note with selections from one of his specialties, the western.

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