In 2024, Auditorium Theatre and Chicago Philharmonic are forming an unprecedented partnership: a five-concert subscription series of films in concert, joining Chicago’s most dynamic orchestra with the city’s beloved historic venue.
Single tickets and discounted subscription packages go on sale Friday, November 17 at 12PM CST.
HERE’S WHAT COMING UP IN 2024…
FEBRUARY 17: BLADE RUNNER LIVE IN CONCERT
Experience Ridley Scott’s multi-Academy Award®-nominated cult classic, Blade Runner (2007 Final Cut), on a vast HD screen while Vangelis’ synthesizer-led score is performed by a Chicago Philharmonic chamber orchestra in sync with the 1982 motion picture.
Blade Runner’s film score has REVOLUTIONIZED the way we view synthesizers in music by utilizing the iconic Yamaha CS-80. Blade Runner was proof that synthesizers can convey deep emotions, create exceptional soundscapes, and enhance storytelling in film. The soundtrack’s impact has transformed electronic music and film scoring ever since, demonstrating the enduring power of Vangelis’ trailblazing innovations.
In this stylish noir thriller, detective Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) must continue as Replicant Hunter following the escape of 4 Replicants from colonies who’ve returned to Earth. His mission however is complicated when he falls for Rachel (Sean Young); a Replicant based at the Tyrell Corporation.
APRIL 13: BATMAN 1989 IN CONCERT
Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Warner Bros. Pictures’ iconic 1989 DC Superhero film, “Batman,” live in concert with Chicago Philharmonic!
With the soundtrack composed by acclaimed composer Danny Elfman, it was the Batman 1989 score that made Elfman one of the biggest composers of Hollywood and established him as the top choice for comic book movie music. Elfman is known for his film scores for The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Mission Impossible (1996), Planet of the Apes (2001), and more with over 100 credits to his name. Danny Elfman’s iconic score for the 1989 Batman film sets a dark and atmospheric tone, with the memorable “Batman Theme” that became instantly recognizable.
The Dark Knight (Michael Keaton), the defender of law and order in Gotham City, treads the shadow zone between right and wrong, fighting with only his skill in martial arts and his keenly honed mind to defend the innocent and purge the memory of his parents’ brutal murder – always keeping his true identity as millionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne a closely guarded secret.
JUNE 22-23: MARVEL STUDIOS’ BLACK PANTHER IN CONCERT
Back by popular demand! After an electric sold-out debut in 2022, Chicago Philharmonic brings back Marvel Studios’ Black Panther in Concert.
In 2018, Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” quickly became a global sensation and cultural phenomenon, showing a new dimension of what Super Hero films could be. Rolling Stone raved, “The film lights up the screen with a full-throttle blast of action and fun. That’s to be expected. But what sneaks up and floors you is the film’s racial conscience and profound, astonishing beauty.”
Relive the excitement of T’Challa becoming king and battling Killmonger all while the “one of the country’s finest symphonic orchestras” (Chicago Tribune) performs Ludwig Göransson’s Oscar® and Grammy®-winning score live to picture.
Joining the orchestra for the concert is Massamba Diop, the revered Senegalese tama drummer who recorded and co-created parts of the movie score with composer Göransson.
OCTOBER 26: BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA IN CONCERT (US PREMIERE!)
Mark your calendars for October 26, 2024 as Chicago Philharmonic performs the American Premiere of Bram Stoker’s Dracula in Concert. Experience Bram Stoker’s Dracula like NEVER before with Polish master composer Wojciech Kilar’s chilling score as the film is projected above the orchestra in HD on a large screen.
In 1992, two decades after THE GODFATHER (1972), Francis Ford Coppola was again looking for an European composer to write the music of his new film. According to Coppola’s diary, the expectations were gigantic:
“Here we go, I’m going again, and it’s DRACULA, it’s going to be Bram Stoker’s DRACULA. I have to do a lot of listening to music because I want to have a truly great composer. I want the score for DRACULA to be like a Prokofiev score for Eisenstein. I want it to be performed by symphonies. I want great music. Not just theater music, but great music.”
— Dracula Director, Francis Ford Coppola, February 15, 1991
And Kilar’s music was truly a masterpiece: a cinematic cantata for choir and orchestra that was completely different to anything heard in a Hollywood film before. Genuinely theatrical, his music finds its element in concert halls when played live-to-picture. It is also inseparable from Coppola‘s sensual conception of fantasy and horror, which owes much to masters like F.W. Murnau and Jean Cocteau.
Coppola’s cinematographic retelling of Bram Stoker’s novel became a box office hit in 1992, crowned by three Academy Awards. Its fresh and bold conceptual energy turned the movie into the most influential vampire film in decades—a film whose opulence and sense of spectacle triggered a whole new wave of contemporary horror films. One of the film’s strengths was coming back to Bram Stoker’s original novel instead of adapting the more popular theater play from the 1920s.
Starring Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves and Sadie Frost, the film became a box office hit and gathered three Academy Awards. It remains as the most influential vampire film and score in decades – and resurrects now live in concert!
Learn more and purchase tickets to Bram Stoker’s Dracula in Concert.
DECEMBER 7: LOVE ACTUALLY IN CONCERT
Funny, irresistible and heart-warming, Love Actually is set in contemporary London in the weeks before Christmas and tells one story that weaves together a spectacular amount of love stories – sometimes romantic, sometimes sad, sometimes stupid – all funny in their own way.
With the film becoming a Christmas tradition for many, audiences attending the Love Actually Live Concert Tour will be invited to a unique way to watch the film: the full Chicago Philharmonic will perform Craig Armstrong’s evocative score at these shows, with the film being projected onto the big screen. Coming to Chicago at Auditorium Theatre on December 7, 2024!
Everywhere you look it seems love is causing chaos. From the new bachelor Prime Minister who falls in love 30 seconds after entering Downing Street to a loser sandwich delivery guy who doesn’t have hope with the girls in the UK so heads for Wisconsin; from a jilted writer who escapes the south of France to nurse his broken heart to an aging rock star trying to make a comeback at any price; from a bride having problems with her husband’s best man to a married woman having trouble with her husband; from a schoolboy with a crush on the prettiest girl in the school to his architect step-father with a crush on Claudia Schiffer.
The film features an all-star ensemble cast, including Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Lioney, Bill Nigh, Martine McCutcheon, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley Rowan Atkinson, Martin Freeman, and many more.
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