Film Favorites Bonus Features
Rather than asking you to keep your phones turned off and out of sight, the Civic Symphony is testing something new. We prepared a few interactive activities where you can use your device to participate and learn more about the music. We hope this "bonus content" will increase your understanding and enjoyment of tonight's concert.
Don’t forget to silence your cell phones and refrain from texting, audio/video recording, or flash photography during the performance.
Please stand by...your host Steve Wilda will let you know when we're ready for you on set!
While you're waiting for the show to begin, check out the "previews" (i.e., posters) of movies featured tonight. Later, maybe you'll notice how the stage side lights change color to match each movie poster while the orchestra is playing!
Overture to "West Side Story"
A cold open is the practice of jumping directly into a story at the beginning of the show before the title sequence or opening credits are shown. It is a narrative technique used in television and film, and we're trying it here tonight!
"West Side Story," which debuted in 1957, was conceived as a contemporary retelling of Romeo and Juliet. Bernstein's score reflects a variety of genres, from opera to jazz. Interestingly, the overture was not in the original score, but later arranged for orchestra by Maurice Peress. The overture conveys a thematic overview of the show—but rather than a cheery curtain raiser, the solemn music foreshadows the tragedy to come.
The Godfather: A Symphonic Portrait
Learn more about the music and the movie by following along with our real-time program notes. Start the video below when our conductor Seong-Kyung Graham begins the piece. Go full screen to make it a little easier to read on your device. (Alternatively, you can view the notes as a PDF, but you'll need to turn the pages yourself.)
Mission: Impossible Theme
Okay, we know you might be reading ahead, so here are a couple quick tidbits about the origins of the Mission: Impossible Theme.
The music was written by Argentine composer Lalo Schifrin and was used as the theme song for the television series "Mission: Impossible" (1966-1973). The music has also been featured the 1988 television series, the ongoing film series with Tom Cruise, and the video games.
Schifrin's working title for the tune was "Burning Fuse." The theme is written in a 5/4 time signature, which Schifrin jokingly explained as being for people who have five legs. Schifrin started from the Morse code for M.I. _ _ .. So if a dot is one beat and a dash is one and a half beats, this gives each measure a total of five beats, exactly matching the underlying rhythm!
Now...sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!
Start this section when the orchestra plays Star Wars Medley. Test your knowledge about the composer and learn a few interesting facts along the way. If your first guess is incorrect, choose another answer until you find the right one. May the force be with you!
Take five, everyone!
Let's all go to the lobby! Let's all go to the lobby! (Remember that old tune?)
Get up. Stretch. Use the facilities. See if there's any popcorn left. Grab a photo at the selfie station. Don't forget to check out the movie-themed raffle baskets and buy tickets for a chance to win. Don't put all your tickets into one basket...or do!
Musicians of the orchestra generously donated all the items in tonight's baskets. Proceeds will be used to offer tickets for low-income families to attend our April concert at no cost.
The Civic Symphony of Green Bay will be back after this short break (approximately 15 minutes).
EXTRAS: Behind the Scenes
Back to your seat early? Swipe through a few photos from our rehearsals preparing for today's concerts. Some of us are photogenic.
EXTRAS: Deleted Scenes
You may notice we're only playing two of the four movements from the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Suite. The concert was timing out a little long, and as much as we love playing for you, we only have the Walter Theatre rented until 11:00 tonight!
Movement I: "Hedwig's Theme" - This was the first music written for the movie and was used in the original trailer. It became an important leitmotif (remember that term from earlier?) and can be heard in every single movie in the series. John Williams referred to this theme as a “darkly alluring orchestral waltz.” You'll hear snippets of it in Movement IV.
Movement II: "The Sorcerer's Stone" - This slow music is characterized by a simple three note motif, but the composer extends it further creating a repeating and continually growing melodic row of three, four, and five notes. The dark music exudes fateful mystery and foreboding.
Music from "La La Land"
Enjoy this special "cameo" from the Civic Symphony of Green Bay's newly-formed cello ensemble, led by principal cellist Adam Korber. This is their first concert, and they're looking for a name! After they finish playing, vote for your favorite option.
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Selections from E.T.
Ever wonder what the musicians are looking at on stage? (Other than their music, of course!) Enjoy this POV (point-of-view) camera angle of Seong conducting Selections from E.T. You'll get to see how she directs the orchestra, not just with her baton and beat patterns, but also with the emotions on her face. We're gonna call this camera our "second unit." Note: there may be a slight delay in the video feed. After all, it does have to go to space and back!
Band of Brothers Suite
We ask that you put down your electronic device and take a moment to honor the memory of all the lives lost in war.
"We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies." -Moina Michael, 1915
Answer these trivia questions while the orchestra plays the "Nimbus 2000" section of Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone Suite. See what you remember from the films! Like earlier, if your first guess is incorrect, choose another answer until you find the right one. May the odds be ever in your favor! (oops, wrong movie)
"Harry's Wondrous World"
Start the video below when our conductor Seong begins the "Harry's Wondrous World" section of Harry Potter. Go full screen to make it a little easier to read on your device. (Alternatively, you can view the notes as a PDF, but you'll need to turn the pages yourself.)
Music from "Frozen"
If you have children, you already know the words. Feel free to sing along!
DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN?
Do you wanna build a snowman?
Come on let’s go and play
I never see you anymore
Come out the door
It's like you've gone away
We used to be best buddies
And now we're not
I wish you would tell me why!
Do you wanna build a snowman?
It doesn't have to be a snowman
(Go away, Anna)
LET IT GO
Let it go, let it go
Can't hold it back anymore
Let it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door
I don't care what they're going to say
Let the storm rage on
The cold never bothered me anyway
Let it go, let it go
I am one with the wind and sky
Let it go, let it go
You'll never see me cry
Here I stand and here I stay
Let the storm rage on…
Thank you for participating in our little experiment. We hope you learned something new and enjoyed the experience. Let us know what you liked (or didn't) in our concert survey, and send us your thoughts and ideas for future concerts. Visit gbcivic.org/survey or scan the QR code in your program.
If there happens to be any popcorn left in the lobby, please feel free to take some home to enjoy tomorrow! Thank you for coming to our concert tonight. We hope to see you again the afternoon of Sunday, April 16 for Coming to America featuring Ellis Island: The Dream of America. Tickets on sale now.
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CAST & CREW
Seong has been CSGB's conductor and artistic director since 2005. She leads almost every aspect of the orchestra exactly like the hard-working director on a movie set.
Timberly became our interim executive director in January, in addition to already being music librarian and principal clarinetist. She also wrote and produced these "Bonus Features."
Steve is our "Don LaFontaine" of movie trailer voice-over fame. As our host, his smooth dulcet tones will guide you through this evening's program. He plays some tuba notes, too!
Taylor joined CSGB this season as concertmaster, heading our dedicated string section. You'll hear her in a starring role playing many beautiful violin solos in tonight's performance.
Mindy has been CSGB's talented graphic designer for several years. She is also our percussion leader, where you'll usually see her playing the timpani or "kettledrums."
Franklin joined the Civic Symphony of Green Bay in the fall of 2022. Tonight, he creates all sorts of "special effects" using the electric keyboard or Clavinova.
Jennifer is the principal second violinist of the Civic Symphony of Green Bay. As leader of her strong section of violin players, she is an important member of the cast.
Rachel is the principal bassoonist for the Civic Symphony of Green Bay. Playing the bassoon involves a lot of thumb coordination, hence the "stunt performer" nickname.
Chris plays first violin in CSGB and also serves on our board. In real life, he actually is a doctor! You can see him perform in the annual "Doctors in Recital" program at the Weidner.
Blakeley is another vital part of our ensemble cast. She is the principal violist of the Civic Symphony of Green Bay and runs her section like a well-oiled machine.
Rose serves on CSGB's board and chairs our fundraising committee. Tonight's basket raffle was her idea! She also plays flute and piccolo in the orchestra.
Shahnnon plays oboe and is on CSGB's board. Her day job involves working at a local pet sanctuary, so we think "animal wrangler" seems rather appropriate.
Adam is the principal cellist of the Civic Symphony of Green Bay. You'll see him starring in another portion of tonight's program when he brings his cello ensemble to the stage.
Lynn serves on CSGB's board and chairs our education committee, planning our Music for Young Listeners Concert and Pansky Concerto Competition. She is also our principal flutist.
Greg helps coordinate rehearsal space at Ashwaubenon High School. He also plays trumpet in the orchestra, and he conducted a couple pieces in our "Gridiron Gala" at Lambeau Field.
Dan has been the Civic Symphony's board president since 2020, controlling the purse strings just like the executive producer for a movie.
(We also let him play the trumpet.)
Theresa serves on CSGB's board as vice president, or second in command just like a movie's 1st assistant director. She also regularly plays horn in the orchestra.
Paul currently serves on CSGB's board of directors as our secretary. He's also been a longtime member of our horn section and occasionally plays percussion.
Chris from Chicken or the Egg Photography captured some long-overdue pictures of the orchestra at our "Gridiron Gala with the Symphony" at Lambeau Field in November.
Schroeder's Flowers has been family owned and operated for over 100 years. They generously donated the plants used to decorate the front of our stage tonight.
Every single musician in the orchestra has an important role in tonight's production. Learn more about our volunteer members.