CSO at the Movies presents The Godfather Live

CSO at the Movies presents The Godfather Live
Marlon Brando in The Godfather movie (1972).

The CSO at the Movie Series, a hot ticket at Symphony Center since its inception in 2004, will be showcasing Francis Ford Coppola’s Academy Award ®– winning film The Godfather on Tuesday, February 3 and Wednesday, February 4.

In this “special events” series, audiences are treated to live music from the entire score of the film being presented from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) under the direction of various composers.

Justin Freer will conduct the CSO at the movies series

Justin Freer will conduct the CSO at the movies series

For The Godfather showing, Conductor Justin Freer will lead the CSO in a live performance of Nino Rota’s legendary score.

The film, screened in HD, is shown on a large screen placed above the orchestra in Symphony Center.

The CSO screening is one of only a few taking place worldwide since its world premiere at London’s Royal Albert Hall last December.

The score for The Godfather is ranked number five on the American Film Institute’s 25 greatest film scores of all time.

To hear this score played live by the CSO should be an amazing experience for all in attendance.

Conductor Justin Freer notes “There is little film music as instantly recognizable as Nino Rota’s opening music played on trumpet, and only a handful of films as masterfully made as The Godfather.”

The Godfather film, premiered in 1972 and is widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made.

Winner of three Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Marlon Brando) in 1973, the film tells the story of the Corleone family and their rivalry with other New York crime families.

Program and Ticket Details

Tickets for The Godfather Live are $65-$165. They can be purchased by phone at 800-223-7114 or 312-294-3000; at the Symphony Center box office (220 S. Michigan Ave.) or online by clicking here.

Upcoming At the Movies programs:

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey will be presented on Friday, March 13, at 8 p.m. The program will feature the CSO and Chorus under conductor André de Ridder in a score that brought worldwide fame to Richard Strauss. Tickets: $50-$199

Fritz Lang’s Metropolis will be presented on Friday, May 29, at 8 p.m. in a unique event that highlights this genre-defying, science fiction masterpiece set to music by composers from the silent film period including selections by Arnold Schoenberg, Edward Grieg and Béla Bartók. Tickets: $34-$110

Nearby Dining

The restaurant connected to Symphony Center, Tesori (67 E. Adams), is an excellent choice for dining on a cold or snowy night in Chicago as you can walk inside from the restaurant to the concert hall.  In addition, on both February 3 and 4,  Tesori (67 E. Adams) will be offering a special “Godfather” cocktail (Johnny Walker Black and Amaretto) for $10.

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