THE BIRDS (post-mortem thoughts)
What an incredible experience it has been to hear my music performed with such excellence and with so much passion. Every detail of the weekend was executed to near perfection by a huge crew of musicians, volunteers and committee members. I cannot possibly imagine a more perfect realization of the vision I had for this unique cultural event, and I am deeply indebted to everyone who made this possible. I am particularly thankful for the profound support of our Executive Director Jennifer Fleck and to my incredible wife Natalie Perkins for co-chairing the Red Carpet Gala committee. You've taken my fanciful dreams and made them manifest. Colin Campbell, thank you for delivering a seamless visual presentation of the film, and thank you Logan Ganter for running sound and mixing on the fly. Thank you to John Strayer and our our event sponsors, to Tim Martuch for music prep, to Brad Wright for all of the equipment, to Greg Fleck for everything, to Stan Matthewson for pulling the trailer, to Dan & Lori Thompson for technical help, to the FCO board for their support, to all the individuals who contributed a piece of the magnificent puzzle, and most of all to the FCO for sharing my dream. I'm completely overwhelmed with the support and success.
Regarding the New Score, I feel as though the members of the Fenton Community Orchestra elevated the music to the level of the original film. So many audience members shared with me how many times throughout the shows they forgot that the music was live, and not coming from the movie. It is the confluence of preparation, execution and passion that brought it all together. We can never know what Alfred Hitchcock may have thought about the music, or what Bernard Herrmann would have written if asked, but I don't think it matters. This was a case of art inspiring art, and it happened exactly as I imagined. It was magic.
The profound success of this event suggests that we may perform it again sometime in the future...
...but for now I'm going to go sleep for a week.
2/28/2016 12:51:14 pm
I was unable to attend. I waited too long to purchase tickets and it sold out! Congratulations on a wonderful event! Did any one happen to record it? I would love to get a glimpse since I couldn't see it in person
Dale and Sue Wakeman
2/28/2016 08:51:44 pm
Wish we had been there. Sounds like an awesome performance...But I didn't expect anything but awesome in the first place. Hope Dale and I get the opportunity to see it one day. Congrats on job well done
2/28/2016 07:54:37 pm
May you and your family have a week of sweet dreams, Your passion for music is evident every time we rehearse and I am honored to be a part of FCO, Thanks for all you do:)
2/29/2016 08:28:16 am
Congratulations, Andy. Wish we could have been at the Gala. Best wishes for many more successes.
2/29/2016 03:27:02 pm
This is the film that made me afraid of birds at the age of 12. I thought it was scary without music....much more frightening with your score and the anticipation of the bird attacks, cued my the music. I nearly screamed out loud during the scene with the hole in the roof.
2/29/2016 06:37:40 pm
Andy, it was truly a joy and privilege to play your wonderful composition. It is an excellent interpretation of the mood, tempo and even psychological feel of not only the movie as a whole, but the dynamics of the characters Alfred Hitchcock created. I certainly hope that we will be able to perform your intriguing work again. I hope you and your family are able to get some much needed rest, you deserve it. Well done, Andy!
2/29/2016 07:04:06 pm
It's very inspiring to see your artistic dream materialize and to be a part of that. I'd love to perform this again with the orchestra.
John and Jane Andersen
3/9/2016 03:50:09 pm
Andrew Perkins. You have a gift.
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