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Beyond Psycho: The Genius of Bernard Herrmann

Sat, June 1, 2019 – 7:30 pm

Beyond Psycho: The Genius of Bernard Herrmann

As Hollywood’s most gifted composer, Bernard Herrmann scored Psycho, Vertigo, Citizen Kane, and dozens of other memorable films. But he was much more than that.

PostClassical Ensemble continues its advocacy of Herrmann as “the most under-rated 20th century American composer” with a Whitman Birthday program —he was born May 31, 1819– featuring the world premiere concert performance of a Herrmann masterpiece: Whitman, a 1944 radio play produced by the legendary genius of radio drama: Norman Corwin.

With commentary by Whitman enthusiasts: Peyman Allahvirdizadeh, Steven Herrmann, Martin Murray, Neil Richardson, Kim Roberts.

Musically I count myself an individualist. I believe that only music which springs out of genuine personal emotion is alive and important. I hate all cults, fads, and clichés.

Bernard Herrmann

Program

Herrmann: Clarinet Quintet
Herrmann: Psycho Narrative for string orchestra
Herrmann / Corwin: Whitman (a radio play for actor and orchestra). World premiere concert performance.

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