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To mark the 95th anniversary of his birth, two special concerts will celebrate the music of legendary composer Elmer Bernstein. Both concerts will be narrated and conducted by Elmer's son Peter
Bernstein and hosted by legendary film director John Landis who worked with Elmer on seven films: Animal House, The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London, Trading Places, Spies Like Us, ¡Three Amigos!, and Oscar.
On Wednesday, June 14th, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra (Dublin) will pay the ultimate musical tribute with Elmer Bernstein: 50 Years of Film Music. John Landis hosts this concert that includes Elmer's most beloved music from films such as The Great Escape and The Magnificent Seven, and will feature music that Elmer originally recorded in Dublin including My Left Foot and The Grifters. Peter
will share personal stories about his father's time in Ireland as well as his career in Hollywood.
The celebration continues as the program moves to the Royal Albert Hall on Father's Day, Sunday, June 18th when the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra presents a very special concert celebrating Elmer's life through stories and music. A unique selection from Bernstein's diverse career will be presented, including greatest hits and a few rare works never before performed in London, including music from the hit An American Werewolf in London. Peter
and John will be sharing personal stories and other treasures from the Bernstein archive particular to Elmer's time in London and his work with the RPO.
"I am particularly excited to be able to present a number of new arrangements and some never-heard-before in concert pieces of music at these concerts," said Peter. "From the moody horror of An American Werewolf in London, to the driving 50s jazz of Sweet Smell of Success, to The Great Escape we are tying to touch as many areas as we can from an eclectic and unique 54 year career."
In the history of film music, Elmer Bernstein (1922-2004) is among the iconic and the legendary. With a career that spanned an unparalleled 5 decades, he composed more than 150 original movie scores and nearly 80 for television, creating some of the most recognizable and memorable themes in Hollywood history: the driving jazz of The Man With the Golden Arm, the rousing Western anthem of The Magnificent Seven, and the lyrical and quietly moving music of To Kill a Mockingbird. His impeccable timing was showcased in some of the most beloved comedies, like Airplane, Ghostbusters, and Stripes. The jaunty, thumb-nosing march of The Great Escape has become the anthem for the England National
Football Team. Elmer's impact is still felt, and his presence still missed, by moviemakers and moviegoers alike.