Omaha Symphony: EVENING AT THE OSCARS
What: Music from Academy Award winning films
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St.
Tickets: $19 to $70
Information: 402-345-0606 or omahasymphony.org
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Controversy! Last week the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences disqualified Best Original Song nominee “Alone Yet Not Alone” (from a movie of the same name) due to alleged politicking by the tune's composer (and Academy insider) Bruce Broughton.
It was a different situation in 1972, but the Academy did the same to Nino Rota's score to “The Godfather” when it learned the composer had used some of the music for an earlier film. Things worked out for Rota, who took the same award two years later for “The Godfather II” (a sequel opportunity “Alone Yet Not Alone” probably won't get).
You can hear selections from Rota's iconic score this Saturday when the Omaha Symphony presents a program of music from Oscar-winning films. Other excerpted scores include “Gone with the Wind,” “Titanic,” “Planet of the Apes,” “E.T.” and “Breakfast at Tiffany's.”
The Omaha Symphonic Chorus, University of Nebraska at Omaha Concert Choir and UNO Chamber Choir will join the orchestra on a choral suite from “Ben-Hur” and “Bilbo's Song” from “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.”
A post-concert party for ticketholders will take place at Hotel Deco (15th and Harney Streets), with complimentary drinks, appetizers and door prizes.