Bernard Hermann has co-operated with Alfred Hitchcock on numerous films including All That Money Can Buy (1941), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Vertigo (1958) North by Northwest (1959) and Psycho (1960). He also composed scores for many other movies, including Orson Welles' Citizen Kane (1941), Robert Wise's "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (1951), Joseph L. Mankiewicz's "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" (1947), Lee J Thomson's "Cape Fear" (1962), and Martin Scorese's "Taxi Driver" (1976) and for Rod Serling's TV series "The Twilight Zone" (1959-1964) and "Have Gun–Will Travel" (1957-1963).
A second renowned film music composer is the Hungarian composer Miklós Rózsa (1907 -1995) who wrote more than a hundred film scores including Alexander Korda's "The Thief of Baghdad "(1940), Henry Hathaway's "Sundown" (1941), Zoltan Korda's "Jungle Book" (1942), Billy Wilder's "Double Indemnity" (1944) and "Spellbound" (1945) (Oscar award), Geroge Cukor's "A Double Life" (1947, another Oscar), Vincente Minelli's "Madame Bovary" (1949), Melvyn LeRoy's "Quo Vadis" (1951), Richard Thorpe's "Ivanhoe" (1952), William Wyler's "Ben Hur" (1959), Nicholas Ray's "King of Kings" (1961) etc.
We usually think of Leonard Bernstein as just a renowned conductor. Not very many know that he wrote music for musicals like Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly's "On The Town (1944) converted into a film (1949) "Wonderful Town" (1953) "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" (1976) but also music for the films Elia Kazan's " On the Waterfront" (1954) which made Marlon Brando famous and Jerome Robins and Robert Wise's "West Side Story" (1961).
We had 4 pieces by Hermann's that evening: his Vertigo Suite, Taxi Driver, the theme song of North by Northwest, The Psycho Suite.
We also had one piece from Rozsa: his "Double Indemnity Suite" .
To conclude the concert, we had Leonard Bernstein's "On the Waterfront-Symphonic Suite"
The HKPO was led by Nick Davies the Chief Conductor of Vanta Pops Orchestra of Finland and also worked with various orchestras in Norway, England, Spain, Italy, Australia, America and China. We get a full range of the use of orchestra in film: the moods portrayed in the various pieces are extremely varied: they include, inter alia, sense of mystery, suspense, lazy relaxation, anticipation, eeriness, fear, confusion, passion, loneliness, sadness and a sense of relief and even romance. A very rich platter of emotions indeed for the evening.