Orchestra Goes to the Oscars

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Jamie Arrowsmith leads our 44th season with a musical journey to the Oscars.

Featuring selections from West Side Story, highlights from Jurassic Park, and The Fellowship of the Ring, overture to Don Giovanni and many more great classics that will be sure to please music lovers of all ages.

Sopranos Pamela Teed and Deanne Wells-Hunt join the orchestra to lend their enchanting voices in this memorable start to the season.


R. Strauss ………. Opening from Also Sprach Zarathustra

L. Bernstein ………. Selections from West Side Story

J. Williams (arr. Custer) ………. Selections from Jurassic Park

P. Tchaikovsky ………. Waltz from Swan Lake


W.A. Mozart ………. Overture to Don Giovanni

W.A. Mozart ………. “Sull’aria,” from Figaro
Featuring Pamela Teed and Deanne Wells-Hunt, sopranos

C. Mascagni ………. Intermezzo from Cavallaria Rusticana
H. Shore (arr. Cerulli) ………. Selections from Fellowship of the Ring
D. Shostakovich ………. “Waltz No. 2” from Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 2
A. Ponchielli ………. “Dance of the Hours” from La Giocconda

Program Notes

It’s hard to imagine seeing a movie without music, and while we may often take for granted the melodic and atmospheric accompaniment to the action on screen, the fact is that film music plays a vital role by establishing mood, setting a tone, and emphasizing specific events or main characters. Our favourite film composers are skilled at creating memorable motifs or poignant chord progressions, all designed to steer our emotions in the desired direction.

Even from the earliest days of cinema, music was an integral part of the movie-going experience: the silent films of the early 20th century were often enhanced by live music played on the theater organ or by a small ensemble, in part to cover the unruly sounds generated by the projector, but also to endow the scene with added suspense, excitement or romance. It is amazing to consider that much of the music played at silent films was improvised by the performer, who was required to come up with just the right musical gesture on the spot! Today, we are the beneficiaries of a rich and varied tradition of film scores, from symphonic epics to eclectic contemporary mash-ups and hard-hitting Hip-Hop. There has never been a more exciting time for music in the cinemas and so this evening, the SSO celebrates Oscar Award winning movies and music by performing some of the most memorable classical and original scores from the cinematic world.

Directors have long understood the tradition from which film music stems and have mined the classical repertoire for examples which seem to perfectly fit the mood they sought to create. Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey opens with the expansive and powerful introduction to Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra, whereas Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull opens with Mascagni’s serene Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana, a stark contrast to the violence and turmoil of De Niro’s boxer. And of course, for Milos Forman’s Mozart biopic Amadeus, only the composer’s original music would do. Mozart’s music appears in many award-winning films, and we are especially pleased that Pamela Teed and Deanne Wells-Hunt are joining us tonight to perform one of his most beautiful arias.

Leonard Bernstein is perhaps the most well-known example of a classical composer who made the leap into film, and while the music he created for West Side Story was originally written for the stage, it translates perfectly and timelessly to the silver screen. But few composers of our time have had the lasting impact or commercial success as John Williams. His score for Jurassic Park captures the awesome beauty and enormity of a long-gone world, and is a true gem among his many masterpieces. We would also be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the contributions made by Canadian composers to the world of cinema, and there are few better than Howard Shore to represent us at the Oscars. His ethereal music for The Lord of the Rings is both beautiful and memorable.

We hope that you will enjoy all of the music on tonight’s program, and we hope that you find yourselves transported to the times and places that are so wonderfully captured by the magnificent music to come.

Jamie Arrowsmith

Pamela Teed

Pamela Teed has performed throughout Ontario, in New York and in France (Les nuits musicales de Nice) and holds a Master of Music degree in vocal performance (University of Ottawa). Past performances include Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem, Haydn’s Creation and Honegger’s Le roi David. Mrs. Teed began her teaching career in 2007, teaching voice through Laurentian University and throughout the community of Sudbury, Ontario. She was appointed musical director of the Bel Canto Chorus in 2009, and in 2010, she joined the Cambrian College School of Music faculty as director of voice studies. In 2006, she traveled to Nice, France on a scholarship to study at the Académie Internationale d’Été de Nice with Dalton Baldwin. Pamela was also chosen from an international pool to perform in The Song Continues…, a public masterclass (with Graham Johnston) hosted by the Weil Music Institute at Carnegie Hall in 2012. To this day, Mrs. Teed enjoys her work as a soloist, as music director of the Bel Canto Chorus, as a clinician, and as a voice teacher and program coordinator for the Music-Performance program at Cambrian College.

Deanne Wells-Hunt

Sudbury resident Deanne Wells-Hunt completed both a four-year undergraduate performance diploma and a Bachelor of Music Performance at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Ms. Wells-Hunt has performed the roles of Marcella in Donizetti’s Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo at the Musiktheater im Revier, Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Musetta in the Chautauqua Institute summer production of Puccini’s La Boheme, Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Cendrillion in Massenet’s Cendrillion, and the Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. She has also performed as a soloist in oratorio work, namely Brahms Requiem in Beckhausen, Germany with the NRW Sinfonie-Orchester.

Deanne has placed and performed at numerous competitions and events including the International Belvedere Competition in Vienna, Austria, the Interpretation of French music of Montreal International Competition, the Elora Festival Competition, the Czech and Slovak International Competition, the Metropolitan National Council Auditions, Stratford Summer Music Spring Soirees, as well as the Carlu Hall Opening and the Royal Occasion at the Windsor Arms Hotel in Toronto.

She has performed locally in the SSO’s concert production of the Magic Flute, Bel Canto Chorus, Opera Gala – Opera for a Cause, and the Cambrian concert series. Lastly, Deanne specialized in voice as a sessional instructor and adjudicator at both Cambrian College and Laurentian University from 2006 – 2017.

Deanne presently resides in Sudbury, a mother of two, where she works as a Financial Advisor with Monahan Financial Planning Group, Freedom 55 Financial.