If you thought watching the film Get Out couldn’t be more thrilling, you haven’t tried adding a live orchestra. The Chicago Sinfonietta will perform a live concert screening of Jordan Peele’s Oscar-winning film at the Auditorium Theatre on Saturday, September 21, at 7:30 p.m.
Composer Michael Abels, who wrote the score for the film, will conduct the Midwest premiere of the live score performance. Although it is Abels’s first time conducting the sinfonietta, his relationship with the orchestra goes back nearly three decades. It has premiered several of his works since the early 1990s.
“The Chicago Sinfonietta is the orchestra that knows my music best,” says Abels. “Now I’ll be conducting them for the first time, and it feels like I’m coming home to family. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to re-create the music from Get Out live in concert. It’s a treat to enjoy the reaction from the audience, and to share that movie-concert experience with them.”
In addition to Get Out’s suspenseful instrumental score, the orchestra will perform well-known songs that are featured in the film, including “Redbone,” “Run Rabbit, Run,” and “I’ve Had the Time of My Life.”
The hair-raising social commentary of Get Out is a fitting start to the Chicago Sinfonietta’s 2019–2020 season, titled Dialogue. The nation’s most diverse orchestra intends to spark conversation and ignite audiences to do more than just listen with its upcoming performances.
“Much like Get Out turned expectations of the horror and thriller movie genre on its head, the Chicago Sinfonietta prides itself in pushing the boundaries in classical music by performing diverse works of music; championing diversity and inclusion; and raising issues of race, society, and humanity to the artistic community,” says Chicago Sinfonietta music director Mei-Ann Chen.
Even if your music taste tends more toward Metallica than Mozart, the unique opportunity to experience Get Out with live music and vocalists is sure to get your heart pounding.