75-Musician Ensemble of Fulcrum Point New Music Project
Performs Live Score to Screening of 1980 Sci-Fi Classic
Presented as part of citywide “Forever Young” festival celebrating composer John Corigliano
Harris Theater for Music and Dance, April 23
CHICAGO (March 18, 2013) – Expanding on its popular “Movie Music” programs that feature live orchestration of film scene scores, Chicago’s new art music leader, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, with a 75-member orchestra, presents the complete film score and screening of the 1980 science fiction horror classic, Altered States. The live score performance is part of a citywide, four-day “Forever Young” festival celebrating the 75th birthday of modern master composer John Corigliano. Fulcrum Point presents Altered States in one performance only at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Street, Tuesday, April 23 at 7 pm.
The entire Altered States film is shown complete with dialogue and sound effects accompanied by The Fulcrum Point orchestra led by Founder and Artistic Director Stephen Burns. Corigliano, who was nominated for a Best Music, Original Score Academy Award™ for his work on Altered States, will be in attendance and will participate in a post-concert discussion with the audience at the Harris Theater.
“When I first saw Altered States in 1980, I was blown away by this spiritual, scientific and artistic trip,” said Burns. “Other movies had sourced new art music (Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, for one), but none before had such brilliant and profound film score by a single composer utilizing the complete spectrum of styles. Since I was a student at Juilliard in 1980 I’ve dreamt of bringing this unique blend of abstract expressionism, neo-romanticism, electronic and world music to the stage. The Fulcrum Point is where audacity and tradition come together. Our programs have always connected the classical and popular cultures. Altered States joins Blood on the Floor, Popcorn Superhet Receiver and THE NEWS as cultural milestones that will thrill and inspire the audience to be an audacious, musical adventurer.”
Altered States, directed by Ken Russell and starring William Hurt, Blair Brown and Bob Balaban, centers on a Harvard professor exploring other states of consciousness. Through extensive experiments on himself using an hallucinatory drug and an isolation tank, he experiences drastic psychological transformation and then de-evolutionary, physical transformations where he struggles to hang on to his humanity. The film is rated R with a running time of 103 minutes.
This concert is presented in part through support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Columbia College Chicago, MacArthur Foundation Rental and Technical Subsidy Program at the Harris Theater and the Elizabeth Cheney Foundation.
Tickets for Fulcrum Point’s performance of Altered States range from $25 to $50 with $10 tickets available for students and groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available through the Harris Theater’s Box Office at 312-334-7777 or online at www.harristheaterchicago.org.
About John Corigliano
John Corigliano, who officially turns 75 on February 16, 2013, is one of America's most widely acclaimed composers. Corigliano continues to add to one of the richest, most unusual, and most widely celebrated bodies of work any composer has created over the last forty years. Corigliano's numerous scores — including three symphonies and eight concerti among over one hundred chamber, vocal, choral, and orchestral works — have been performed and recorded by many of the most prominent orchestras, soloists, and chamber musicians in the world. Recent scores include Conjurer (2008), for percussion and string orchestra, commissioned for and introduced by Dame Evelyn Glennie. Among his many distinctions are the Pulitzer Prize in Music, awarded in 2001 for his Symphony No. 2; the Academy Award for his score to the 1999 film The Red Violin, four Grammy™ Awards (including three for Best Contemporary Composition) and the Grawemeyer Award for his Symphony No. 1. One of the few living composers to have a string quartet named for him, Corigliano serves on the composition faculty at the Juilliard School of Music and holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Music at Lehman College, City University of New York, which has established a scholarship in his name. For the past fourteen years he and his partner, the composer-librettist Mark Adamo, have divided their time between Manhattan and Kent Cliffs, New York. More information is available at www.johncorigliano.com.
About Fulcrum Point
Since its formation by trumpet virtuoso and conductor Stephen Burns in 1998 under the auspices of Performing Arts Chicago, the mission of Fulcrum Point New Music Project has been to champion new classical music and highlight contemporary composers who are inspired and influenced by popular culture, including literature, film, dance, folk, rock, jazz, blues, Latin and world music. Through multi-disciplinary concert performances and educational programs, the 25-member Fulcrum Point ensemble seeks to encourage audiences to make cross-cultural connections between new music, art, technology and literature, gaining greater insight into today’s diverse world. Burns, himself, has been acclaimed on four continents for his widely varied performances encompassing recitals, orchestral appearances, chamber ensemble engagements, and innovative multi-media presentations involving video, dance theatre and sculpture.
Fulcrum Point New Music Project's year round programs are supported in part by: The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Polk Brothers Foundation, The Irving Harris Foundation, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Zuckerman Family Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc., Elizabeth Cheney Foundation, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Heitman, LLC., The Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, JNL Graphic Design, The Anne & Burton B. Kaplan Fund of The Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation, a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, The Neisser Family Fund, The Daniel and Genevieve Ratner Foundation, The STEP Foundation, Farney R. Wurlitzer Foundation. For more information on Fulcrum Point and its programs visit www.fulcrumpoint.org.
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