SZCZECIN: SOLOISTS CONFIRMED! PROGRAM DETAILS REVEALED!
New Concert Suite
Renowned arranger Nikiforos Chrysoloras, of Greece, is no stranger to tackling the challenge of giving beloved film score classics the best presentation imaginable in concerts. He has prepared music for Hollywood in Vienna, the Krakow Film Music Festival and is Chief Arranger and Music Supervisor of the Prague Film Music Festival.
"In our conversations there has been no doubt in my mind that Nikiforos really understands James Horner's music and will treat the score with the utmost respect and reverence. I can't wait to hear his take on this masterpiece of a film score", says project manager Kim Spildrejorde.
Not surprisingly there will be selections from Titanic performed at the concert. The score for Titanic is so reliant on the sound of the Uillean Pipes, the penny whistle and last but not least Sissel's haunting vocals that it was unimaginable to do this concert without having these pieces in place. But not just any soloists would be good enough.
"When we started discussing who we'd like to perform these parts it quickly became clear that there really was only a handful of musicians we had any interest in", explains Kim Spildrejorde.
"Geza's playing obviously moved James in 2013. With his experience from several Titanic Live concerts on top of that he's without a doubt one of the most competent people in the world to play the music from Titanic", says Kim.
"I am so happy that Clara Sanabras will take part in our concert! We met in Stavanger in 2015, and I experienced myself the close musical relationship with James and her. She and Geza Frank will be the perfect soloists, who will make this a really special occasion in the spirit of James, together with the Sczcecin Philharmonic Orchestra."
"Apart from Sissel and Celine Dion, Clara Sanabras is the only vocalist in the world that James Horner personally chose and found worthy of doing Titanic for audiences around the world. With Clara performing in Szczecin, the concert's level of authenticity and credibility is elevated by countless levels. She's the real deal. Having anyone else than Sissel or Clara do the vocal soli of Titanic would feel inauthentic to the experience. Through Clara's voice, Titanic comes to life. I could not be happier and it is such and honour to have her join our concert," says a very enthusiastic Kim Spildrejorde.
“There’s a before and after meeting and working with James Horner. Our first collaboration was for the title song of the film ‘For Greater Glory’. At first I worried that he might want my performance to emulate something already existing…. He said ‘No, I need you to sound like yourself, like Clara, sing it from the heart’. When he then chose me to work on Titanic-Live, he said the same: ‘Don’t sing it like anyone else but Clara Sanabras’. That was a true gift from him to me, one that I shall never forget.”