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Hitchcocks Composer Bernard Herrmann and The Sound of Suspense Webinar

'Hitchcock’s Composer: Bernard Herrmann and The Sound of Suspense' Webinar

Tue May 04, 2021

'Hitchcock’s Composer: Bernard Herrmann and The Sound of Suspense' Webinar

Time Tue May 04 2021 at 09:30 pm to 11:00 pm

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'Hitchcock’s Composer: Bernard Herrmann and The Sound of Suspense' Webinar, 4 May | Online Event | 'Hitchcock’s Composer: Bernard Herrmann and The Sound of Suspense' Webinar
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The screeching violins of Psycho ’s shower M**der. The seductive musical whirlpool and dizzying dissonance of Vertigo . The haunting solo sax that defines Travis Bickle’s Taxi Driver . These iconic sounds could only come from the dark genius of one Hollywood composer, whose explosive personality was matched by intense sensitivity, a compassion for outsiders, and a matchless gift for “getting inside the drama.”

Join New York Adventure Club as we follow the tumultuous career journey of Bernard Herrmann, one of the great Golden Age of Film composers who wrote scores for some of the most suspenseful movies of all time.

Led by Steven C. Smith, author of the Herrmann biography " A Heart at Fire's Center: The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann ," our virtual experience will include:

- Rare video and audio clips of Herrmann himself discussing his various collaborations
-The inside story of Herrmann's time working on the greatest films of the day including Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane and Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest and The Birds
-Insight into how Hermann’s combative personality damaged his career — but also fueled his creativity
- Herrmann’s role in mentoring composers like John Williams , and how his music influences the sound of movies today

Afterward, we'll have a Q&A with Steven — any and all questions about Bernard Herrmann are welcomed and encouraged!

Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

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***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

About Steven

Steven C. Smith is a four-time Emmy-nominated producer, and the author of A Heart at Fire's Center: The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann . That book received the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, and was the main research source for the Oscar-nominated documentary Music for the Movies: Bernard Herrmann .
Steven’s latest book is Music by Max Steiner: The Epic Life of Hollywood’s Most Influential Composer . He has written about movies and music for the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly and Hollywood Reporter. He was a supervising producer and writer on the long-running TV documentary series Biography (A&E) and Backstory (AMC). His other documentaries include The Sound of a City: Julie Andrews Returns to Salzburg and Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood .


"I enjoyed learning about all of Hitchcock’s movies - and the man behind the music." -Rosemary
"Speaker was incredibly knowledgeable, visuals/PowerPoint slides were well curated and timed, information selected for inclusion was pertinent and interesting and presented at a very good pace for the format." -Kelsey
"I liked the domain expertise of the presenter and the smoothness of transition between him speaking vs. audio/video clips" -Ashwin
"Beautifully combined music and film and talk; wonderful program from start to finish" -Ron
"I liked the knowledge of Mr. Smith, plus the immensely entertaining way he shared it with images, beautiful clips, and a terrific running narration." -Jan
"Steven Smith is extremely knowledgable and presented his material with professionalism." -Evan
"The presenter was extremely knowledgeable about the subject and knew how to teach it." -Benita
"I liked the breadth of it, covering Herrmann's whole career. The speaker was outstanding in knowledge of his subject and manner of presentation. This was one of the best NYAC presentations I've seen." -Sara
"Steven’s presentation was first rate in that he provided a wealth of material in the form of analysis, music and film clips as well as narration. It flowed seamlessly and held the viewer’s attention." -Dorothy
"The information and the visuals and the audio were all fabulously interesting. The program was so so well planned and executed" -Fran
"Very interesting subject and very knowledgeable presenter. I also liked the way he handled the Q&A at the end--quick without feeling rushed" -Sarah
"Steven Smith is VERY knowledgeable about the subject and presented it in a very entertaining way." -Bruce
"This is totally obvious, but the combination of Steven's exquisite commentary with the music itself really deepened my understanding of the book and Herrmann's work. And Steven's such a consummate pro -- he makes a very complex production look so easy!" -Cindy
"Excellent presentation! Great examples of the music and commentary. I hope that Steven Smith will present another lecture!" -Sharon
"It was comprehensive, illuminating, entertaining... And as someone who has a degree in Cinema Studies from NYU, I thought the presentation was (in a word) superb. Thank you so much!" -Barry
"I liked everything! Steven’s profound knowledge and warm and witty presentation, Old Hollywood and music — doesn’t get any better than this! :)" -Amanda
"Presenter very well informed, articulate with good diction. Provided sources for further, more detailed info. Great, rare films clips." -Gregg
"I liked the knowledge of Steven C. Smith in regard to the subject." -Lloyd
"Steven is a knowledgeable and well organized speaker. Good mix of talk and examples from Herrmann." -Roy
"Steven was so smart and charismatic and knowledgeable. Wow!!!! Such a great and informative program." -Kevin
"Effort put in by presenter was obvious - excellent content!" -Samantha
"Very professionally done. Obviously someone who knows their topic well. And a very well rehearsed presentation." -Paul
"Steven was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. His mix of clips and stills was engaging. I thought I knew a lot about the subject but learned so much more from Steven’s in-depth research! Well done!" -Escott
"The unusual subject matter (dear to my heart!), and the relaxed, knowledgable (and loving!) way the guest treated the subject." -Gary
"The presenter - Steven Smith is brilliant. Please ask him to back for another presentation." -Tom
"Great subject, great commentator." -Preston
"The speaker was a world-class expert and highly engaging." -Dan
"I liked the nice to touch with Bernard's personality." -Akira
"It was very informative and interesting." -Dennis
"Steven is a fantastic presenter - knowledgeable and entertaining." -Bruce


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