A Night at the Movies features a live, 22-piece VSO chamber orchestra accompanying seven documentary and animation films with Vermont ties. The VSO and Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) have collaborated on the premiere of a new film with a live orchestral score for the past six years, and this concert presents all of the films that have won the MNFF/VSO Award for Best Integration of Music into Film, rounded out with a few new additions.
The program weaves through a breadth of musical styles and film stories, from two animated shopping carts searching for love to the story of Hansel and Gretel. Adventurous lemurs learn to fly, a little girl grows up in an undocumented farmworker family, and a director chronicles his path from prison to filmmaking.
How We See Water by Robin Starbuck (music by Waterbury composer Matt LaRocca)
Two Balloons by Mark Smith (music by Peter Broderick)
The Greatest Night by Jeremy Lee MacKenzie (music by Middlebury College Asst. Professor of Music Dr. Matthew Evan Taylor)
Mate by and with music composed by Rusty Eveland
Breath by Marlboro-based Jesse Kreitzer (music by Brattleboro composer Paul Dedell)
Estrellita by Middlebury College Animation Studio and Producer Daniel Houghton (music by Jack DeBouter)
Gretel Hansel KinRumpelStilts by Burlington-based Chris Caswell (music by Burlington composer Patricia Julien)
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