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Madison Symphony highlights classic film music exiles with Daniel Hope / Wisconsin Gazette

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In the 1930s, Europe's loss of artists and intellectuals fleeing the rise of Nazi persecution and anti-intellectualism proved to be America's gain. Some of the greatest contributions to American culture came in the form of Hollywood film scores, with European exiles raising the symphonic standard of movie music for generations of film fans to come.

The Madison Symphony Orchestra will showcase the works of three better-known artists in its Composers in Exile: Creating the Hollywood Sound concert series. Classical and cinematic compositions by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Miklós Rózsa and Franz Waxman fill the playlist March 6-8 at Madison's Overture Center.

Maestro John DeMain will conduct the three performances, with violinist Daniel Hope performing Korngold's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major. The March concerts will be Hope's first time performing with MSO, and he says he's delighted by the program that has been chosen, both for its musicality and as a way to educate audiences unfamiliar with the composers and their contributions. "I particularly love vintage Hollywood film music, especially the scores by the European exiles such as Korngold, Waxman and Rózsa," Hope said in an email interview from his home in the U.K. "These three composers also wrote a number of serious works, but only really Korngold is acknowledged today in this field."  READ THE FULL Wisconsin Gazette ARTICLE