Concert Preview: 100 Member Orchestra of Fulcrum Point New Music Project Performs Live Score to the Sci-Fi Film Altered States (Tuesday, April 23 at Harris Theater)

Concert Preview: 100 Member Orchestra of Fulcrum Point New Music Project Performs Live Score to the Sci-Fi Film Altered States (Tuesday, April 23 at Harris Theater)

Tuesday night at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, the 100 member orchestra of the Fulcrum Point New Music Project celebrates the 75th birthday of composer John Corigliano with a performance of the Academy Award winning score to the 1980 science fiction film Altered States...

In 1980, under the direction of Ken Russell, sci-fi classic Altered States told the twisted tale of Dr. Eddie Jessup's (William Hurt) experiments with hallucinogenic drugs, a trip that ultimately led to his own de-evolution.  Featuring the film debuts of both Hurt and Drew Barrymore, the film also starred Blair Brown, Bob Balaban and Charles Haid in the adaptation of the novel by Paddy Chayefsky.

But one of the more enduring features of the cult classic is the film's Academy Award winning score by composer John Corigliano.

Tuesday night, the one hundred member orchestra of the Fulcrum Point New Music Project will perform Corigliano's score in its entirety accompanying the film live as it runs on-screen complete with original dialogue and effects.

Part of a four day, citywide "Forever Young" festival in celebration of Corigliano's birthday, Tuesday's performance will be led by Fulcrum Point Founder and Artistic Director Stephen Burns.  "“When I first saw Altered States in 1980, I was blown away by this spiritual, scientific and artistic trip,” said Burns of the film in a recent press release.  “Other movies had sourced new art music (Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, for one) but none before had such [a] brilliant and profound film score by a single composer utilizing the complete spectrum of styles."

Fulcrum Point New Music Project Chicago logo

Contemporary classical music is a genre of music that, with the exception of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, flies largely under the mainstream radar here.  But since 1998, Fulcrum Point has shined a spotlight on classical music with a focus on modern composers whose work reflects a variety of current literary, film and musical influences.  "Our programs have always connected the classical and popular cultures" says Burns.

In addition to his Oscar winning work on the score to Altered States, John Corigliano's body of work also includes symphonies and concerti as well as the opera The Ghosts of Versailles which premiered in 1991.  Tuesday night at Harris Theater, the 103 minute, R-rated film screening and  live score performance will be followed by an interactive discussion with the audience set to feature Corigliano who is scheduled to be in attendance for the evening's festivities.

With tickets priced as low as only $10, Tuesday evening's event is a great way for any music fan or film buff to get better acquainted with classical music in a unique live setting.

- Jim Ryan

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Fulcrum Point New Music Project
(The centerpiece of the "Forever Young" festival)
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100 Musician Ensemble Performs Live Score to Screening of the 1980 Sci-Fi Film Altered States
(One performance only)
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

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Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
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7PM Film screening/Live score performance
(Post-concert discussion with audience to follow)

Tickets: $10-50

Click HERE to purchase tickets

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Altered States 1980 Film Poster

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    Jim Ryan has written about music in print and online for a variety of Chicagoland publications for over fifteen years. In addition to duties filling in as Traffic Anchor on CLTV or in the helicopter on NBC 5, you can also catch him Sunday nights at 6PM central as host of "The Rock N' Roll Radio Program" on AM 1420 WIMS and AM 1060 WHFB (streaming at wimsradio.com and via the TuneIn Radio app for the smart phone or tablet). Jim has also worked locally for WXRT-FM, lives within walking distance of the Metro and is an avid White Sox and Blackhawks fan whose first live concert experience came at Comiskey Park in 1984 during the Jacksons' "Victory" tour.

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