Bond. James Bond. At the Symphony. May 29th and 30th.

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The Symphony is doing something pretty cool this weekend. The Full Symphony will be performing a roster of all James Bond music. The music will be interspersed with Bond details, anecdotes and trivia. The lobby will be all tricked out with a pretty cool show of Vintage Bond Posters and the Bond Asten Marten. And apparently police, firemen and their families all get in for free.

Here are the details from the symphony site:

Bond, James Bond

Friday, May 29, 2009 and Saturday, May, 30, 2009 at 8pm
Carl Davis, conductor
Mary Carewe, guest vocalist

The James Bond Themes

"Goldfinger." "Nobody Does it Better." "Live and Let Die," and the ubiquitous "James Bond Theme." The signature tunes of Bond films are nearly as famous as the jet-setting super spy.  Prepare for an evening that's licensed to thrill when the debonair 007 is brought to life through the performance of classic pieces of cinematic music with UK superstar soprano Mary Carewe.


The title song from the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger. Composed by John Barry and with lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, the song was performed by Shirley Bassey for the film's opening and closing title sequences, as well as the soundtrack album release. The single release of the song gave Bassey her only U.S. top ten hit, peaking at number eight. The song was produced by George Martin, who was also busy producing The Beatles. Paul McCartney and Wings would go on to perform the title track on the 1973 James Bond film, Live and Let Die.

Nobody Does it Better.

A power ballad composed by Marvin Hamlisch with lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager. It was recorded by Carly Simon as the theme song for the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. It was the first Bond theme song to be titled differently from the name of the film, although the phrase "the spy who loved me" is included in the lyrics. Released as a single from the film's soundtrack album, the song became a hit (spending three weeks at #2 on the US singles chart and reaching #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart) and is still popular today. The song also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song.

Live and Let Die

The main theme song of the 1973 James Bond film Live and Let Die and was performed by Paul McCartney and Wings on the movie soundtrack and on the soundtrack album. The song was one of Wings' most successful singles, and the most successful Bond theme to that point.[1] Commissioned specifically for the movie and credited to Paul McCartney and his wife Linda, it reunited McCartney with Beatles producer George Martin, who both produced the song and arranged the orchestral break.

About the Guest Artists

Vocalist Mary Carewe’s long-running artistic relationship with conductor Carl Davis led to the James Bond concert tour that has garnered much attention in the international press. The Sage Gateshead wrote of her performance, “Singer Mary Carewe stepped into the shoes of Shirley Bassey, Gladys Knight and Tina Turner and belted out show-stoppers such as Diamonds are Forever, License to Kill and Goldeneye with great gusto. It would have been easy for Carewe to imitate these three divas, but she managed to bring a fresh approach to many of the old standards.” Carewe is well-known for blending her impressive vocal stylings with the qualities only a true showman could possess, and is often lauded for her performances of Bond music.

Conductor Carl Davis’ career spans from stage, to screen to concert hall. As a composer, Davis has created scores for many notable films and television programs, including Mike Leigh’s Topsy Turvy, Widow’s Peak and the BBC’s Pride & Prejudice, as well as Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio. He and Carewe began performing music from the James Bond films after several years of working together. As he leads the orchestra in music, Davis offers the audience a hefty dose of knowledge about each piece, from the biography of the composer to highlights of making the film.


For a great description of the event, check out STJR's accound from comments below.