If ever a movie called for a live orchestra, it's Casablanca. The moody, noir-ish classic, set during World War II, is one of the most stunning films ever made and I’ll stand by that hyperbole. Even viewed 70 years after it was released, it doesn’t seem stilted and outdated the way so many other classics do. The chemistry between the beautiful Ingrid Bergman and the insanely manly Humphrey Bogart crackles as if it were brand-spanking new and the cinematography jumps off the screen. And so it’s only appropriate that Max Steiner’s insistent score jumps off the screen as well. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra tackles the mood music for Rick and Ilsa’s tough-luck romance while the movie plays front and center. They’ll play it again, Sam, on at 8 p.m Thursday-Saturday. Tickets are $28 to $95 for the performance at the Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. and may be purchased at dallassymphony.com.
April 5-7, 2012