Hollywood Escape!

January 21 – 28, 2018

The glorious symphonic sound of Hollywood movie music was created by European composers who escaped to Hollywood. WinterFest brings you family portraits of two of Hollywood’s greatest composers from that formative era as the granddaughters of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Erich Wolgang Korngold join us to reminisce.

Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco were refugees from Hitler’s Germany and Mussolini’s Italy who came to Hollywood to become the most influential composers in the world of cinema.

With the help of Toscanini and Jascha Heifetz, Castelnuovo-Tedesco left Italy to flee from Mussolini’s racial laws in 1939 and gained a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. An enormous influence on the next generation of film composers, Castelnuovo-Tedesco taught Henry Mancini, André Previn, Jerry Goldsmith, and John Williams.

At the request of director Max Reinhardt and due to the threat of Nazism, Korngold came to Hollywood in 1934.  Gustav Mahler called the 12-year-old Erich Korngold, who was already famous by age 11, a “musical genius”. André Previn said, “Korngold’s unmistakable Viennese kind of sentiment helped Errol Flynn be a convincing English hero.”



  • January 21st:  Fort Collins/ Chamber Music Mixer and Silent Auction
  • January 24th:  Fort Collins/ Big Band Swing Dance
  • January 25th:  We show entire films with scores by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Erich Korngold Introduced by Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Katy Korngold Hubbard and Bruce Adolphe
  • January 26th: An interview/discussion of the work of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco with Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco, focusing primarily on film scores, film clip highlights and musical performance featuring Deborah Marshall playing excerpts of Castelnuovo-Tedesco Clarinet Sonata (which will be played in full on Jan 27 and 28)
  • Concert featuring Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Clarinet Sonata (Deborah Marshall; Marija Stroke); Korngold Piano Trio; plus interviews with our week-long guests and Bruce Adolphe

Guests include:

  • Bruce Adolphe – host and lecturer
  • Harumi Rhodes – violin
  • David Requiro —   cello
  • Marija Stroke —    piano
  • Deborah Marshall — clarinet


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