WinterFest 2018

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.”

 

Events & Tickets

 

Schedule:

  • January 21, 3pm:  Chamber Music Mixer
    • Featuring professional musicians ‘mixed-up’ with talented young musicians from OtHA
      Chamber Music Academy in a fundraising concert and silent auction gathering that benefits our free and low-cost music education programming. Concert with silent auction and gourmet food/wine. Hosted by Patricia Ward Kelly, biographer and wife of the late Gene Kelly. (Fort Collins)
  • January 22, 7pm: Hollywood Escape I: Hollywood and WWII
    • How Hollywood changed and developed due to the influx of directors, actors and composers from Europe, fleeing fascism in Germany and Italy. With Hollywood Film Composer and Assistant Professor of Digital Media Composition and Music Theory, Ludek Drizhal (Fort Collins)
  • January 23, 7pm: Hollywood Escape II: The Sea Hawk
    • See the full Hollywood classic movie featuring Errol Flynn in his swashbuckling splendor and film score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Learn the significance of film in the 1940’s with introduction by modern day Hollywood Film Score composer and Assistant Professor of Digital Media Composition and Music Theory, Ludek Drizhal. (Fort Collins)
  • January 24, 7pm:  Hollywood Escape III: Silver Screen Swing
    • A Big Band Swing Dance Event, featuring The Colorado Swing Cats with Kip Scholl. Ever wanted to learn how to dance to the big band music of the 1940’s? Now’s your chance! Experience the music of ‘30’s and 40’s performed by the authentic Colorado Swing Big Band with Kip Scholl. Come to the pre-dance warm-up at 6:15pm and learn how to dance with the CSU Student Swing Society. Stay for the dynamic swing sound of the Colorado Swing Big Band playing those great oldie classics from the 1930’s and 40’s. Ticket includes food and 1 drink. All proceeds go to OtHA Academy programming. Includes performance by CSU Student Swing Society. (Fort Collins)
  • January 25, 7pm:  Hollywood Escape IV:  And Then There Were None
    • What was the scene like in the 1940’s in Hollywood? How did the influx of immigrant European composers impact the Hollywood movie? Join composer and Artistic Director Bruce Adolphe and Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco as they introduce the great Hollywood classic film, And Then There Were None (1945) with film score by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. (Fort Collins)
  • January 26, 7pm: Hollywood Escape V: Family Portraits
    • Interviews and discussions of the work of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Erich Korngold with their granddaughters, Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Kathrin Korngold Hubbard. Illustrated with recorded music and film clips. (Fort Collins)
  • January 27, 7pm: Hollywood Escape VI: A Concert hosted by Bruce Adolphe
    • Concert of music by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Erich Korngold, introduced by Bruce Adolphe with special guests. Gourmet food and drink reception included. Musicians: Marija Stroke, piano; Harumi Rhodes, violin; Deborah Marshall, clarinet; David Requiro, cello. (Fort Collins)
      • Program:Sonata for Clarinet and Piano Op. 128 – Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
      • Piano Trio in D major, Op.1 (1910) – Erich Wolfgang Korngold
  • January 28, 7pm: Hollywood Escape VII: A Concert Plus
    • Concert of music by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Erich Korngold, with film clips and interviews with Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Kathrin Korngold Hubbard. Musicians: Marija Stroke, piano; Harumi Rhodes, violin; Deborah Marshall, clarinet; David Requiro, cello. (Boulder)
      • Program:Sonata for Clarinet and Piano Op. 128 – Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
      • Piano Trio in D major, Op.1 (1910) – Erich Wolfgang Korngold