Symphony to bring ‘Movie Magic’ from screen to stage

Michael Weller, a music teacher at the Ridgewood School, will be honored at the concert. CONTRIBUTED
Michael Weller, a music teacher at the Ridgewood School, will be honored at the concert. CONTRIBUTED

The silver screen won’t be necessary when the Springfield Symphony Orchestra brings “Movie Magic” to the Kuss Auditorium stage.

The NightLights II concert will bring selections from four classic films to life where the music will help provide the images in the heads of audience members with featured guest violinist Lindsay Deutsch.

“Movie Magic” will be at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Clark State Performing Arts Center.

The event will also see Ridgewood School’s music director Michael Weller honored as the 2017 Springfield Symphony Orchestra Music Educator of the Year.

Cinematic staples covered will include “Captain Blood,” “The Red Violin,” “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Porgy and Bess.”

Music begins with the “Captain Blood Suite” followed by “Chaccone from The Red Violin” on which Deutsch will show her skills.

“It’s such an amazing piece and it allows me to have moments to show off what the violin can do,” Deutsch said.

She finds a very personal connection with the film and score as Deutsch plays a violin made in 1845 and “The Red Violin” follows the story of a similar violin as its travels through various countries and centuries.

“It’s such a haunting story. I think of all the people who have played (my violin) in so many places,” Deutsch said.

The program will be rounded out by “Suite from Lawrence of Arabia” and “Fantasy on Porgy and Bess,” which Deutsch will also perform on.

The evening will begin with the Opening Notes program and the performance prelude beginning at 4:15 p.m. These will combine in the Turner Lobby with the Springfield Youth Orchestra LiveWire ensembles performing.

The concert starting time is earlier as it will allow attendees to go out afterward and still enjoy a Saturday evening on the town after enjoying the entertainment.

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How to go

What: Springfield Symphony Orchestra presents “Movie Magic”

Where: Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield

When: 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25

Admission: $56-25

More info: 937-325-8100 or go to

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