The Golden Age of Hollywood
The concert will be held under The 26th International Festival "Nova Music and Architecture", Toruń/Kujawsko-Pomorskie 2022
Kujawy + Pomorze – promotion of the economic potential of the region – 2nd
Luna Voices - vocal
Adam Jarzmik - piano
Marcin Jahr - drums
Mariusz Bogdanowicz - bass
Toruń Symphony Orchestra
Filip Torres - conductor
Programme: Charlie Chaplin, Pola Negri, Marlena Dietrich, Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Carmen Miranda, Marylin Monroe, Julie Andrews, Audrey Hepburn.
He could have seduced them all: Pola Negri, Marlena Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, Carmen Miranda, Marilyn Monroe, Julie Andrews, and Audrey Hepburn ‒ Charlie Chaplin (1899-1977), wonder of the international cinematics, one of the greatest actors of all times. He loved wine, women, and song. We know him mostly from his achievements in film-making, but we forget that he was a man of many talents and composed music to most of his films. This time we should keep our imagination in check ‒ Pola Negri (1896-1987) indeed had a romance with Chaplin, even Hitler adored her. The silent movie star, however, had at least one big complex: her low voice that was considered unwomanly and made it impossible for her to have a career in sound movies. The look and voice of Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992) is and undoubtful proof that ‘the devil is a woman’ (it’s this movie she starred in that she cherished most). Sensual, charismatic, mysterious – it’s with these traits, and of course with her million dollar worth legs, that she compensated for her voice deficiencies. After the success of The Blue Angel, she went to the Mekka of American film-making and her career accelerated like the Shanghai Maglev train. Rita Hayworth (1918-1987) – another star of the Golden Age of Hollywood, hot-blooded Spanish femme fatale who loved dance and song, even though she never sang in her movies. The Brasilian sex bomb – Carmen Miranda (1909-1955) – starred in 14 Hollywood productions, but it’s in music that she made real career (she sold more than 10 million albums worldwide). Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) – an admirer of Abraham Lincoln and bookworm. Beautiful, sensual and multitalented, but deep down utterly unhappy. Frenetic, magnetic – she seduced not only with her perfect body, but also her original voice. Julie Andrews (born 1935) – unforgettable Mary Poppins starred in Broadway musicals with great success. In 1997, she lost her exceptional, four-octave voice due to a failed larynx surgery. Audrey Hepburn (born 1929) – charming and coquettish, she saw herself as an ugly duckling. Even though she won two Oscars for Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, she always said that for her ‘Hollywood is not everything’. Fred Astaire (1899-1987) was the most popular actor among dancers and the best dancer among the XX century actors, golf enthusiast and a lover of racehorses. This ‘shy boy next door’ became a real legend. The movie songs performed by the above-mentioned stars have gained similar recognition. Let ourselves be seduced by the indiscreet charm of Hollywood in the song!