Hollywood Night

Hollywood Night Classic

Smetana Hall in Municipal House,

Dear Proms Audience,
We have put together one incredible event for you in terms of both content and cast.
Hollywood Night Classic presents the music of international composers across the centuries appearing in films. Frequently recalled far easier than the story itself, allow yourself to savour each and every one of these with us including Amadeus though perhaps that one’s rather obvious. How about Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony selected for the airing of the British monarch’s message to his people in the King’s Speech?
And we couldn’t possibly leave out Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries from the opera of the same name (The Valkyrie), which appears in the film Apocalypse. Or Strauss's symphonic poem Thus Spoke Zarathustra for that matter, which works a treat in Kubrick's sci-fi flick 2001: A Space Odyssey. You can also look forward to some surprise choices including Bach's organ works in Coppola’s The Godfather i.e. Prelude BWV 532, the fortissimo of which was used for the final scene of the first part of this spectacular Mafia saga.
Whatever takes your fancy, Maestro Libor Pešek warmly invites you to join him celebrate his film music debut.



  • The Godfather
    • Music by Johann Sebastian Bach – Preludium BWV 532 (Director: Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
  • Amadeus
    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphony No. 25 (Miloš Forman, 1984)
  • Peter and the Wolf
    • Sergei Prokofiev – Peter and the Wolf (Suzie Templeton, 2006)
  • Pride & Prejudice
    • Henry Purcell – Abdelazer (Joe Wright 2005)
  • Platoon
    • Samuel Barber – Adagio (Oliver Stone, 1986)
  • The Witches of Eastwick
    • Antonín Dvořák – Cello Concerto in B minor (George Miller, 1987)
  • Apocalypse Now
    • Richard Wagner – The ride of the Valkyries from "Die Walküre" (Francis Ford Coppola 1979)
  • The Pianist
    • Fryderyk Chopin – Nocturne in C sharp Minor (Roman Polanski, 2002)
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
    • Richard Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathustra (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
  • Red Dragon
    • Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy – A Midsummer Night's Dream (Brett Ratner, 2002)
  • Death in Venice
    • Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 5 (Luchino Visconti, 1971)
  • Die Hard
    • Jean Sibelius – Finlandia (Renny Harlin, 1990)
  • The Wanton Countess
    • Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 7 (Luchino Visconti, 1954)
  • The King's Speech
    • Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 7 (Tom Hooper, 2010)
  • Black Swan
    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Swan Lake (Darren Aronofsky, 2010)