Magic Of The Movies Coming To Birr Theatre And Arts Centre

The Irish Chamber Orchestra presents THE MAGIC OF THE MOVIES showcasing some of Hollywood’s best film music, from classic movie scores to today’s most popular soundtracks on Friday 7 October at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre.   A selection of these colourful works feature the accordion, played with acrobatic panache by Dermot Dunne.


This programme sold out in tour venues last May so this extra performance is highly anticipated.  Bernard Hermann used tonality and pitch to great effect in his iconic Psycho score.  It is exciting, bleak, shocking and visceral all at once.  Bacalov’s Il Postino is Italian film music at its best. It is catchy and addictive in its ability to convey the lifestyles on an isolated Italian island. From the authenticity of spirit of the accordion to the romantic flavour of the strings, Il Postino is a charming and infectious score.


Jean Claude Petit’s exquisite score to Jean de Florette was inspired by Verdi’s libretto, The Force of Destiny.  John Williams main theme from Schinder’s List is a hauntingly beautiful melody, written for the violinist, Itzhak Perlman, and will be show-cased by ICO Leader, Katherine Hunka.  In contrast, Williams mixes wonderment, surprise and danger in Hedwig’s Theme from the enigmatic Harry Potter.


Widely regarded as one of the most influential soundtracks, the Suite from There Will Be Blood by Greenwood is extraordinary and magnificently unsettlingly, as conflicts are played out by a powerful ICO string section which oozes tension and energy!  Nino Rota’s The Godfather has one of cinema’s greatest scores while the richly cinematic Cinema Paradiso is among Morricone’s most loved.  Henry Mancini’s iconic Pink Panther music features alongside the captivatingly “I Will Wait for you” from the ground-breaking Umbrellas of Cherbourg by Michel Legrand in which camera movement, décor and song were in unique harmony with one another.


“The Magic of The Movies” takes you an incredibly nostalgic musical journey, not to be missed at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre @ 8pm on the Friday 7 October.


The Irish Chamber Orchestra is resident at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick and is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.




Bernard Hermann                           Psycho Suite

Luis Bacalov                                       Il Postino

Jean-Claude Petit                            Theme from Jean de Florette

John Williams                                   Theme from Schindler’s List

Johnny Greenwood                         Suite from There Will Be Blood

Nino Rota                                            Love Theme (The Godfather)

Ennio Morricone                              Theme from Cinema Paradiso 

Henry Mancini                                  The Lonely Princess & It Had Better Be Tonight from

(The Pink Panther)

Luigi Boccherini                                La Musica notturna della strade di Madrid’

                                                                (Master and Commander The Far Side of the World)

John Williams                                    Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter

Michel Legrand                                I Will Wait for You (Umbrellas of Cherbourg)


Friday 7 October                              Birr Theatre & Arts Centre @ 8pm

057 9122911

€20, €18 and (U13) €10




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