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Red-carpet treatment: Hollywood comes to Chautauqua with film-score favorites at tonight’s CSO pops concert

When people tell Richard Kaufman they want to be a film composer, he wants to know their favorite film score. Then he wants to know their favorite film score from the 1930s and 1940s, “the era of the greatest film composers who ever lived.”

Kaufman said the early years of film scoring was an era of the greats. Understanding where film scores come from and what they can do is vital for anyone hoping to write their own score.

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Members of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra’s bass section perform in a concert earlier this season. Photo by Eric Shea.

CSO spotlights John Williams for night of movie music with Kaufman, Reagin

“I don’t think John Williams has ever been into outer space; I don’t think he’s ever ridden horses in the desert like Indiana Jones; I don’t think he’s ever been to Jurassic Park,” said Richard Kaufman, guest conductor of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

“I think that John is an incredible dramatist,” he said, “and he understands what it is to tell a story.”

Tonight at 8:15 p.m. in the Amphitheater, the CSO will play a pops concert titled “Salute to John Williams: Celebrating the 80th Birthday of an American Treasure.” The concert will be guest conducted by Kaufman and feature CSO concertmaster Brian Reagin on violin.

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