Orchestra goes ‘round the world with movie music

The Palm Court Orchestra performs Around the World in 80 Days on Saturday at UVic Centre

San Francisco pianist Frederick Hodges will be the soloist in The Warsaw Concerto.

San Francisco pianist Frederick Hodges will be the soloist in The Warsaw Concerto.

Palm Court Light Orchestra is paring down slightly to play the a ‘modern’ palm court repertoire at the University of Victoria.

Around the World in 80 Days will entice symphony goers, movie buffs and aficionados of British light music alike at UVic Centre on Saturday.

“We’re playing light music from the movies, particularly the post-war period,” said Charles Job, founder and conductor.

“It’s one of the places that classical music continued after the days of Tchaikovsky, through film. We’re going back to the 1950s and ‘60s when there were a number of romantic miniature piano concertos written for the movies.”

The concert features original music from the movies Dangerous Moonlight and The Legend of the Glass Mountain along with a selection of composers that includes Aram Katcharurian, Leroy Anderson, Eric Coates, Robert Farnon and Victor Young.

San Francisco pianist Frederick Hodges performs solos in The Warsaw Concerto, Henri Litollf’s famous Scherzo and Charles William’s Jealous Lover.

“He’s famous as a ragtime pianist and also plays what I would call cocktail lounge piano [where] you play tunes in a beautiful way and people sit and sip their cocktails. You don’t see that much these days,” Job said. “He’s this time going to be playing something far more classical in nature, but we’ll have to put a little ragtime in or people will be disappointed.”

The Palm Court Orchestra performs Around the World in 80 Days on Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available through the UVic Centre Box Office 250-721-8480.

They also perform in Sidney on April 10 in the Charlie White Theatre and Duncan’s Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on April 12.

 

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