Night at the movies

March 13 & 14, 2021 | 8:00 PM & 4:00PM | Michigan Theater

Behind the Music

The music in movies is often what truly brings our favorite films to life. For some, movie music is even what first sparks the love for orchestral music. On March 13 & 14, we will pay tribute to some of Hollywood’s greatest soundtracks!


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Morihiko Nakahara, conductor

Morihiko Nakahara, Conductor


The 2020-2021 season marks Morihiko Nakahara’s 13th season as Music Director of the South Carolina Philharmonic and 18th season as Resident Conductor of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Nakahara serves as Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In addition to his wide ranging activities with these orchestras, Nakahara will also guest conduct the Portland Symphony (ME) as well as the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra during the current season.

Known for his charismatic presence on and off the podium, innovative and audience-friendly programming skills, and thoughtful interpretations of both standard and contemporary repertoire, Nakahara was featured in the League of American Orchestra’s prestigious Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview in March 2005. Recent guest conducting engagements include appearances with the Buffalo Philharmonic, symphonies of Oregon, Jacksonville, Charleston, Chattanooga, Stockton, Lansing, Peoria, and Green Bay, as well as with the Chicago Pro Musica and the 2019 Maine All-State Orchestra. Recipient of the David Effron Conducting Fellowship at the Chautauqua Institution in 1999, he recently returned to guest conduct the Music School Festival Orchestra there.

A native of Kagoshima, Japan, Nakahara holds degrees from Andrews University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He previously served as Associate Conductor of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Holland Symphony Orchestra (Michigan), and served on the faculty at Eastern Washington University and Andrews University.

Fast Facts


An Outlier

When compared to other works from Dvorâk’s “American period,” his Cello Concerto No. 1 in B minor occupies a unique sonic space. The work is notably meloncholic with some of the most emotive and expressive melodic phrases written during the composer’s stay in America. While other well-known compositions from this period are reflections on Dvorâk’s new surroundings, this cello concerto looks inward.


Not Your Average Fairy

Six years before Stravinisky premiered his four-movement orchestral suite of A Fary’s Kiss in New York City, the work was premiered as a ballet in Paris. This larger-scale production was adapted from the dark Hans Christien-Andersen fariytale, The Ice Maiden. The story is of a boy who is cursed with immortality from a kiss. The fairy in the story broke the mold for fairytales of this time period displaying a bosterious personality and commanding precense on stage.

By The Numbers

number of movies John Williams has composed music for

year of the first a2so performance

Musicians in Your A2SO