Oscar Celebration with the Santa Barbara Symphony

Host Leslie Zemeckis and Conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos welcoming the audience (Photo by Bonnie Carroll)

Hosted by Leslie Zemeckies featuring favorite film clips and conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos

The Santa Barbara Symphony with guest conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos and Host Leslie Zemeckis, best-selling author, actress, documentarian, film producer and award-winning director presented An Oscar Celebration in Collaboration with the Granada Synergy Series, a collection of award-winning film clips in tandem with the unforgettable musical compositions that made these great films historic. The two hour concert was preceded by a brief up close and personal introduction from conductor Kitsopoulos.

Guests were gifted small Oscar statuettes and posed on the red carpet for fun photos during intermission, and the overall reactions of the audience to the concert were fantastic. The audience seemed to absolutely love this combination of film and symphony and the informative preludes by Leslie Zemeckis before each film were illuminating. The talented area resident was a vision in gold standing on stage next to conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos.

“Wizard of Oz” in tandem with Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra (Photo by Bonnie Carroll)

Selected films included Erich Wolfgang Korngold, The Adventures of Robin Hood starring Errol Flynn, Max Steiner, Gone With The Wind starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, Miklos Rozsa, Ben-Hur starring Charlton Heston, Bernard Hermann, Citizen Kane starring Orson Welles, George Gershwin, An American in Paris starring Oscar Levant and Herbert Stothart, The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland. The scenes selected were perfect examples of the importance of great music composition in film.

All films were courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Turner Entertainment Co. with special thank to John Waxman. An Oscar Celebration! is a production of PGM Productions Inc. (New York) and appears by arrangement with IMG Artists. Production credits to Producer John Goberman and Music Consultant John Waxman.
Many thanks to the principal concert sponsors Sarah & Roger Chrisman, Artist Sponsor Christine A. Green, Selections Sponsors Isabelle Meyer Stapf & Emanual Stapf and Susan & Bruce Worster, 2023/24 Season sponsors Sarah & Roger Chrisman, Montcito Bank & Trust and Grand Venue Sponsor The Granada Theatre as well as The Santa Barbara Symphony & Nir Kabaretti, Music & Artistic Director.

Bonnie Carroll

Written by Bonnie Carroll

Writer, publisher, editor over 30 years, Bonnie Carroll is the present Publisher, Editor-in-Chief of Bonnie Carroll's Life Bites News founded 2005. She is also a contributor to a bevy of magazine and newspapers California and international since 1983.

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