A Celebration of Music from the Golden Age of Cinema and Radio
Presented by Chamber Music on the Fox, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, and Gail Borden Public Library


The Trouble with Harry

Chamber Music on the Fox presents a screening of The Trouble with Harry (1955)

Monday, September 26         6:30-8:30pm   Meadows Community Rooms A&B

The collaboration between Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann was the most famous and celebrated partnership of a director and composer in film history.  Herrmann's score for The Trouble with Harry was a personal favorite of Hitchcock's.  CMOTF has chosen this wonderfully dark, comic masterpiece to start our celebration. Please register.

Bernard Herrmann

Chamber Music on the Fox special guest lecture with Steven C. Smith on Bernard Herrmann

Sunday, October 2     2-3:30pm        Meadows Community Rooms

Bernard Herrmann biographer Steven C. Smith discusses the Oscar-winning composer’s career, and his innovative music for the radio series Crime Classics,which foreshadowed his acclaimed film scores for Alfred Hitchcock. Please register.

Chamber Music on the Fox presents "Crime Classics"

Tuesday, October 4    7:30pm           Kimball Street Theater, Elgin Academy, 350 Park St., Elgin

Chamber Music on the Fox presents an evening of old-time radio dramas scored by the great film composer, Bernard Herrmann! Featuring the talents of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra trombone section and Radio Players West, join us in solving true crime stories along with live music and theater. For tickets, visit chambermusiconthefox.org or call 224-276-8881.

Chaplin's City Lights

ESO special guest lecture with Steven C. Smith on Charlie Chaplin’s "City Lights"

Wednesday, October 5          1-3pm             Meadows Community Rooms

Film music historian Steven C. Smith discusses Chaplin's unique composing methods on City Lights, which paired the filmmaker - who had no musical training - with professional composer/arrangers, to create a film score masterpiece. Please register.


ESO Performances of Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights

A film with live orchestra
Stephen Squires, conductor

Friday, October 7 at 7:30pm              Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts

Saturday, October 8 at 7:30pm or Sunday, October 9 at 2:30pm   Hemmens Cultural Center

Even though silent films were on their way out, Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights was an instant success when released in January 1931. It has consistently been listed as one of the most influential films of all time and directors like Orson Welles, Stanley Kubrick, George Bernard Shaw, Federico Fellini, and Woody Allen rate City Lights as one of their favorite movies. Don’t miss one of the greatest films ever made, with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra performing the score that Chaplin himself composed. For tickets, visit elginsymphony.org or call 847-888-4000.