Bernard Herrmann: 100th Birthday Celebration


WQXR and The Greene Space present


Bernard Herrmann: 100th Birthday Celebration



WQXR’s Film Score Program “MOVIES ON THE RADIO” Traces the Composer’s Illustrious Career with a Four-Part Radio Series on 105.9 FM

Airing Saturdays June 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 9pm


Composers, Experts and Family Members Discuss Herrmann’s Life and Career

With Film Clips, Music & Discussion

At The Greene Space on Wednesday, June 29 at 7pm


(NEW YORK, NY – June 1, 2011) – In a career that launched with Citizen Kane and concluded with Taxi Driver, BERNARD HERRMANN revolutionized the way film music was scored.  His unparalleled ability to evoke dramatic tension and psychological nuance, often with unusual instruments, led Alfred Hitchcock to use him for nearly every film he made.  From Francois Truffaut to Quentin Tarantino, The Beatles to Lady Gaga, Herrmann’s work has influenced and been appropriated by filmmakers and musicians right up to today.


Throughout June, Classical 105.9 FM WQXR and The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space will celebrate Herrmann’s career and influence in music and film on air, online and live and in-person. 


MOVIES ON THE RADIO, WQXR’s Saturday evening program devoted to film scores, will dedicate each episode in June to a phase of Herrmann’s career.  MOTR host David Garland will present Herrmann’s little known works for radio drama, as well as his soundtracks for iconic filmmakers including Francois Truffaut, Martin Scorsese and Orson Welles.  An entire episode will focus exclusively on Herrmann’s illustrious, career-making partnership with Alfred Hitchcock. (full schedule below) will contribute to the Herrmann celebration with an interactive timeline with videos and photos of Herrmann’s film scores, as well as an online poll that will allow listeners to weigh in on their favorite Herrmann film scores.


The month-long celebration will culminate with “BERNARD HERRMANN: 100th Anniversary Celebration” in The Greene Space on Wednesday, June 29 at 7pm.  Hosted by David Garland and Elliott Forrest, this special event will explore Hermann’s life and works with a panel of composers, historians and family members.  The conversation will be illuminated with a multimedia presentation of scenes from some of Herrmann’s most famous cinematic collaborations, as well as musical performances of Vertigo and The Day the Earth Stood Still score excerpts. Finally, the results of the online poll will be revealed. 


Guests include:

  • DOROTHY HERRMANN, Bernard Herrmann’s daughter
  • JOHN MAUCERI, longtime conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
  • JOSH WALETZKY, director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary, “Music for the Movies: Bernard Herrmann”
  • ROYAL S. BROWN, film and music scholar, critic and author (Overtones and Undertones)
  • MICHAEL GIACCHINO, Academy Award-winning composer (“Super 8,” “UP,” “The Incredibles,” “LOST”)
  • ROB SCHWIMMER, composer-pianist of the Academy Award-winning short films “Freeheld” and “Dear Diary”


The event will be available as a live audio webcast, and will be archived for on-demand listening, at and on  “BERNARD HERRMANN: 100th Anniversary Celebration” is presented in collaboration with A New Theater of Sound, an initiative of The Greene Space driven by great theatrical work with sound at its core, casting a view on the historical landscape of audio theater and encouraging a dialogue about the genre to inspire, redefine, and energize what was once a fertile theatrical field in America.


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Saturdays, June 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 9pm on WQXR 105.9 FM and streamed live on


June 4Music for Orson Welles: Radio drama scores, “Citizen Kane,” and other early works.

Herrmann was composing for radio dramas early in his career when he met Orson Welles during a production of Voodoo MacBeth.  He subsequently wrote all the scores for Welles’ Mercury Theater on the Air broadcasts.

June 11Hitchcock and Herrmann: The Incredible Collaboration

Music from North By Northwest, Psycho, The Trouble with Harry, Vertigo, Marnie, The Wrong Man, Torn Curtain, and other films.

June 18Fantasy and Adventure

Music from The Day the Earth Stood Still, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Mysterious Island, Fahrenheit 451, The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, Beneath the 12-Mile Reef, Cape Fear, and more.

June 25Herrmann’s Lyrical Side, and The Later Works

Music from The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Anna and the King of Siam, Jane Eyre, plus The Night Digger, Sisters, Obsession, The Bride Wore Black, and Taxi Driver.



BERNARD HERRMANN: 100th Birthday Celebration

WHEN:           Wednesday, June 29 at 7pm

WHERE:        The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space

            44 Charlton Street (at Varick Street)

            New York, NY 10014

TICKETS:      $20, includes a complimentary glass of wine, available at


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