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Magnificient Movie Music!



A Multimedia Lecture Series
Presented by Rachel Franklin, DMA
Thursdays from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
May 4, 11, and 18, 2017

Do you like the movies? Do you like the music in movies? Well, do we have a special event for you!


The Arlington Philharmonic (AP) proudly presents Magnificent Movie Music!, a popular series of lectures developed and presented by Rachel Franklin, DMA. AP concertgoers may recognize Dr. Franklin as the piano soloist featured in our May 2016 Mother's Day concert. We are thrilled to welcome her back, and hope that you will join us for this fantastic series. Tickets are $25 for each lecture or $60 for all three sessions.


Dr. Franklin explains:


Experiencing superb movie music can have a life-long impact. Director Alan Parker (Mississippi Burning, Birdy) stated "A great film score gets under your skin, triggers your subconscious, enhances the drama, and helps drive the emotional power train of the movie."


Film music can inspire and romance us. It can make emotional statements that a script can’t convey, it can subvert a plot with a completely different subtext, and inject irony, fear or humor when there is apparently none on screen. Music can salvage a bad movie and make a good one great.


Composers such as Bernard Herrmann, Max Steiner, Ennio Morricone, and John Williams have engraved iconic scenes into our collective memory with their extraordinary music, even if the rest of the movie might have faded. What’s driving our limbic system and creating those indelible cultural memories?


With fascinating film clips, witty commentary, and gorgeous piano demonstrations, concert pianist and movie fanatic Rachel Franklin delves into the hidden magic of some of the greatest film music ever composed. We’ll look at the history and craft behind the composer’s work, enjoy some Oscar-winning sounds, and share great movie trivia. Fasten your seatbelts…it’s going to be a fabulous ride!


About Rachel Franklin


British-born pianist Rachel Franklin, DMA, is much in demand as performer, music lecturer and teacher. As a Pro Musicis International Award winner, she gave her solo debuts in Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, and Jordan Hall, Boston. The Boston Globe enthused about her "beautiful differentiations of color, touch and texture" and described a performance on her solo debut CD as "not inferior...to the recorded performances by Cortot and Rubinstein." She has also given European Pro Musicis solo debuts in Paris and Rome. At the Wigmore Hall, London, critics applauded her "stunning individuality," "exquisite dynamic control," and "amazing power and solidity of technique." The Washington Post has praised her "cool-headed bravura and panache" and the Baltimore Sun lauded "a flawless crystalline technique, and warmth and electricity in her playing." Recent successes include concertos with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Amadeus Orchestra, the Washington Sinfonietta, the Symphony of the Potomac, and the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra.


As both a soloist and ensemble artist, Dr. Franklin has concertized throughout Europe, Canada and the US, and has won many awards and prizes. She has performed on BBC Radio 3, on WQXR and WNYC in New York, WJHU in Baltimore, and Radio Telefis Eireann in Ireland. After being specially featured on NPR’s "Performance Today" program, she gave frequent spoken broadcasts for them.





Deeply committed to musical outreach and education, Dr. Franklin also enjoys a busy dual career as a popular music speaker, having lectured for such venues as the Library of Congress, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Smithsonian Associate Program, among many others. In 2014, she created several lecture series on film music that have generated great enthusiasm, most recently giving sold-out presentations for the Easton Academy Art Museum, and the Chesapeake Film Festival.


A prestigious grant by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, MD enabled her to build her unique video blog, “Speaking of Music.” She is also an accomplished jazz pianist, performing with her own classical/jazz chamber ensemble, SONOS.


As a highly respected artist-teacher, she is regularly invited to give master classes and judge competitions for gifted young musicians. She has also taught at the Peabody Conservatory and the Royal College of Music among others. Her own teachers have included Louis Kentner, Irina Zaritskaya, and Ann Schein, with whom she gained her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Peabody Conservatory.


Dr. Franklin studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, the Royal College of Music, and the Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University, where she won First Prize in the school's piano competition and received highest honors upon graduation.

Logistics and Directions

All lectures will take place at the Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre, 1611 North Kent Street, Arlington, VA 22209


A cash snack bar will be available. Check back soon for details about other special features as they are finalized.

Free Parking:  The Rosslyn Specturm Theatre offers free parking after 6 pm in the building garage, which is accessible from Arlington Ridge Road, one block east of Kent Street. Validation is not required. From the garage, take the elevator to LL level. .


Metro: The theater is located wo blocks from the Rosslyn Metro station (Blue/Orange lines). To walk from the Metro station:


1. Exit station using N Moore St. & Wison Blvd. exit 

2. Walk approx. 2 blocks E (downhill) on Wilson Blvd. 

3. Turn left onto N. Kent Street 

4. Walk a short distance North on N. Kent Street (you'll see an entrance on the right). The Theatere is located on the street level. Turn right when you enter the building lobby. The Theatre will be on your left at the end of the hall.



Photo of Rachel Franklin:  Joe Furgal