Masterful movie music at the Outer Banks Forum

Associate Conductor Benjamin Rous and the Virginia Symphony gave a lesson in using one’s ears at the movies. The Sunday afternoon concert from the Outer Banks Forum For the Lively Arts featured many classical, contemporary orchestral composers: Danny Elfman, John Williams and other film scorers, represented by some startling music, written for movies, like Forrest Gump, Rocky, Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Some ‘regular old’ classical music that later found its way onto film, like the Introduction to Richard Strauss’ 1896 tone poem Also Sprach Zarathustra, which will forever be associated with 2001: A Space Odyssey, was included. The youthful and enthusiastic conductor proved himself adept with a sure hand on Samuel Barber’s beautiful 1936 Adagio, used in films such as Platoon and Lorenzo’s Oil. The audience won’t see movies the same way again. (Peter Hummers | Sentinel)