Free: Great Music in Film lecture series

Whether you're a movie buff or a music aficionado (or both), you may want to check out the Spring 2016 Lecture Series being offered by the Shriver Hall Concert Series.

In this three-part event, Richard Giarusso, chair of Peabody's Musicology Department, will consider three films and the ways in which their directors found uniquely effective methods of incorporating music and musical structures into their work, from echoes of opera buffa in Norman Jewison's Moonstruck to the use of Mahler in Luchino Visconti's Death in Venice and of Benjamin Britten in Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom.

The lectures, organizers say, will invite participants to consider the role of music in film not just as soundtrack but as an element of the director's craft that is fundamental to the viewer's experience in the cinema. Each lecture will include excerpts from the film being discussed.

Moonrise Kingdom kicks off the series on March 29, followed by Death in Venice on April 5 and Moonstruck on April 12. All lectures, which take place at 5:30 p.m. in Homewood's Mason Hall Auditorium, are free but require reservations (call 410-516-7164).

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