Music from Movies Concert

When choosing music to play for a concert, it’s important to have a theme, tell a story that not only introduces each work but also links them to each other. Balance the familiar with the unfamiliar; slow and fast. Variety is the spice of life.

For the record and to avoid repeating the same program in the future, I’m documenting what I played for the concert I gave on Friday 28th February 2014. I had contemplated the possibilities of piano music from movies a few days earlier.

Before an audience in North Cyprus (2003)
Before an audience in North Cyprus (2003)

After an opening by two of my students, I presented the following program — on a tour around the world.

Cloud Atlas (2012) by Dennis Aman


  • “The Passage of Time” from Chocolat
  • two movies based on Victor Hugo’s novels set in Paris:
    “Castle on a Cloud” and “On My Own” from “Les Miserables” the longest running musical in London
  • “Bells of Notre Dame” from Walt Disney’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1996)

Not sure where the movie “Frozen” took place — but its title song “Let It Go” eventually won an Oscar for best original song

England – different parts, including London:

  • Theme from “Romeo and Juliet”
  • Two of Jane Austen’s novels
    “My Father’s Favorite” from “Sense and Sensibility” (1995) — I will not include this solo piano piece in this program as the music is TOO slow
    “Dawn” from “Pride and Prejudice” (2005)  — Dario Marianelli’s solo piano piece is enchanting.


  • Theme from “New York, New York” (1977)
  • “All that Jazz” from “Chicago” (2002)

New Zealand:

  • “The Heart Asks Pleasure First” from Jane Campion’s “The Piano” (1993)

Finally, back to Maui

“Miss Celie’s Blues” from “The Color Purple” (1985) which starred Oprah Winfrey, a part-time resident of Maui. The movie is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, whose daughter Rebecca Walker also lives on Maui.

Next concert:

Friday 25th April 2014 @ 10 AM

Music for the Earth

Roselani Place, Kahului, Maui

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