The New York Pops under the direction of Steve Reineke were the stars Friday night as they took on the role of the Hollywood studio orchestra live at Carnegie Hall. First up was the sparkling “Hooray for Hollywood” by Richard A. Whitting (arr. Robert Wendel). You could almost hear the lion roar!
From the 1939 film the Overture from Captain Blood by Erich Wolfgang Korngold swept you off to sea and the era of Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland and Basil Rathbone.
The iconic “Tara’s Theme” by Max Steiner from Gone with the Wind, brought back the hills of Ireland transported to that southern mansion.
Definitely scary and almost a little to creepy Bernard Herrmann’s Suite from Psycho, had the all string section taking front and center.
Hans Zimmer’s Suite from Gladiator (arr. John Wasson) brought out Peter Skaar, a young man who was diagnosed with a brain tumor right after graduating from a music university. Bravo, Mr. Skarr, you played brilliantly.