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They're some of the greatest scores in movie history. Here's how the Kansas City Symphony brings them to life.

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Jason Seber rehearses John Williams' score to "E.T. The Extra-terrestrial" with the Kansas City Symphony in Helzberg Hall, February 2017

Go on set and on stage to learn the secrets to performing a live orchestral film score as Classical KC's Brooke Knoll speaks with Kansas City Symphony Associate Conductor Jason Seber and UMKC film professor Mitch Brian. We'll discover some of their favorite movie scores and hear music by John Williams, Max Steiner and Nicholas Hooper.


Brooke Knoll


Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor, The Kansas City Symphony
Mitch Brian, Professor of Film, University of Missouri - Kansas City

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Mitch Brian and Jason Seber


Parade of the Ewoks
The Forest Battle
From "Return of the Jedi"
by John Williams
John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra

Adventures on Earth (from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial)
by John Williams
Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Casablanca (Suite)
by Max Steiner
Charles Gerhardt and the National Philharmonic Orchestra

Professor Umbridge
Death of Sirius
The Kiss
From "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"
by Nicholas Hooper
Alastair King and the Chamber Orchestra of London

You can learn more about the Kansas City Symphony and their Film Plus Live Orchestra performances at kcsymphony.org.

You can learn more about the UMKC Film Studies Department at umkc.edu.

Brooke Knoll is the digital audience specialist and on-air host for Classical KC. You can reach her at brooke@classicalkc.org.
Sam Wisman is a Producer for 91.9 Classical KC. Email him at samwisman@classicalkc.org.