Off to hear the Wizard

We played pit orchestra for “The Wizard of Oz” (the movie) the other night. What a wonderful score (by Herbert Stothart, a Milwaukee boy). And what a wonderful movie (although we could only hear it and not see it). Great script, great acting, great music. Hard score, though, not made any easier by some weirdnesses in the original editing that make sticking to the soundtrack quite a challenge. Fortunately the conductor, Constantine Kitsopoulos, had done this show several times before and knew all the weirdnesses; all we had to do was to try to keep up.

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