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Film Music, Concert Music and the Hollywood Connection

Film Music, Concert Music and the Hollywood Connection

Over the course of this four-week forum, Instructor and Teaching Artist in Music Alan Lawrence will explore significant milestones in the film music of the past century. Through film clips and audio recordings, audience members will learn about important film composers and the connections between concert and film music. The first week’s session will move from the silent film era through the blockbusters of the 1930s and ’40s, exploring the influence of Richard Wagner on early film composers such as Max Steiner (who scored “King Kong,” “Gone with the Wind” and “Casablanca”) and Erich Wolfgang Korngold (“The Adventures of Robin Hood”). Week two will take up the work of other expatriate European composers, including Franz Waxman (“Sunset Boulevard” and “Rear Window”) and Miklos Rozsa (“Spellbound” and “Ben Hur”), as well as American-born composers Alfred Newman (“The Hunchback of Notre Dame”), David Raksin (“Laura”) and Hugo Friedhofer (“The Best Years of Our Lives”). The third session will highlight the volatile talent of Bernard Herrmann (“Citizen Kane,” “Vertigo,” “North by Northwest” and “Psycho”) as well as Leonard Bernstein (“On the Waterfront”)and Elmer Bernstein (“To Kill a Mockingbird”). The final session will emphasize the influence of concert composers like Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copland, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst on film music  composition, including the work of the versatile John Williams (“Jaws,” “Star Wars,” “E.T.” and more).

Thursday Forum will resume in-person lectures during the 2021-2022 season.* In-person forum sessions are held in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Each session begins with registration and refreshments from 8:45-9:15 AM, followed by the class until 11:30 AM. The sessions blend lecture, media and discussion. In the event of inclement weather, consult local media outlets to find out if the day’s forum will take place.

Admission to each four-week course can be purchased for $40 on the first day or in advance. Admission to individual lectures is $12 per week. Payment can be made in person on Thursday mornings by cash or personal check. Credit card payments can be processed by registering online in advance. Gift certificates may be purchased by calling 319.399.8523.

* Thursday Forum will follow Coe's Safe Campus Initiative guidelines for in-person gatherings. Thursday Forum programs may pivot to an online format should campus or community health conditions require. Any such changes would be announced on the Thursday Forum website.