TONIGHT AT
THE FILENE CENTER
Princess Bride
The Princess Bride in Concert

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Emil de Cou, conductor
AUG 26 | 8 PM

ACT III COMMUNICATIONS Presents

A REINER/SCHEINMAN Production

WILLIAM GOLDMAN’S

The Princess Bride

CARY ELWES

MANDY PATINKIN

CHRIS SARANDON

CHRISTOPHER GUEST

WALLACE SHAWN

ANDRE THE GIANT

Introducing ROBIN WRIGHT

Special Appearances by PETER FALK and BILLY CRYSTAL

Edited by
ROBERT LEIGHTON

Production Designed by
NORMAN GARWOOD

Director of Photographer
ADRIAN BIDDLE

Music by
MARK KNOPFLER

Executive Producer
NORMAN LEAR

Screenplay by
WILLIAM GOLDMAN

Produced by
ANDREW SCHEINMAN and ROB REINER

Directed by
ROB REINER

Tonight’s program is a presentation of the complete film The Princess Bride with a live performance of the movie’s entire score, including music played by the orchestra during the end credits. Out of respect for the musicians and your fellow audience members, please remain seated until the conclusion of the performance.

© Princess Bride, Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Original musical score composed by Mark Knopfler © 1987 Straitjacket Songs Ltd. Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved.

“Storybook Love” written by Willy DeVille © 1987 Jockamo Music. Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved.

ABOUT MARK KNOPFLER, composer
Mark Knopfler
Credit: Joby Sessions

Mark Knopfler is an acclaimed British singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, who has composed several film scores, including The Princess Bride. He is best known as the lead singer, lead guitarist and songwriter of internationally celebrated rock band, Dire Straits.

A Note From the Composer
“To have been a part of The Princess Bride gives me enormous pride and joy. To me, the picture has never lost an ounce of its freshness and charm. I couldn’t be more delighted to see it finding more devotees around the world with every passing year.  

Now, to hear the score in the hands of a brilliant orchestral arranger, conductor and players, is an added privilege. I hope you have a wonderful evening in their company along with the many memories the film has created.”

—Mark Knopfler

ABOUT EMIL DE COU, conductor
Emil de Cou

American conductor Emil de Cou, music director of Pacific Northwest Ballet, made his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap in 2000. He was subsequently appointed associate conductor and later NSO at Wolf Trap Festival Conductor, leading national tours and concerts at the United States Capitol. He has regularly performed at the Kennedy Center since his first performance there in 1990 and this season marks his 20th year performing with the NSO at Wolf Trap. His innovative performances have included the first live-orchestra screening of The Wizard of Oz, the first live-tweeted program notes (for Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony), and the real-time podcast of Fantastic Planet. In 2006 he led the Wolf Trap premiere of NASA space images with Holst’s The Planets narrated by Leonard Nimoy.

As musical consultant for NASA, de Cou has led several notable collaborations, including Human Spaceflight: The Kennedy Legacy. Prior to a Wolf Trap performance of 2001: A Space Odyssey to mark the 45th anniversary of the moon landing, de Cou participated in a pre-performance discussion with Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin. For his ongoing work with NASA, de Cou was awarded the agency’s Exceptional Public Achievement Medal.

Born in Los Angeles, de Cou studied with Daniel Lewis at the University of Southern California and participated in masterclasses with Leonard Bernstein. He has subsequently appeared with many major American orchestras, including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, and San Francisco. He was selected by Mikhail Baryshnikov to conduct the American Ballet Theatre orchestra, which he led for eight seasons at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and on international tours. He resides in San Francisco and Seattle with his husband, conductor Leif Bjaland.

The Princess Bride in Concert is produced by Film Concerts Live!, a joint venture of IMG Artists, LLC and The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency, Inc.

Producers: Steven A. Linder and Jamie Richardson
Director of Operations: Rob Stogsdill
Production Manager: Sophie Greaves
Production Assistant: Elise Peate
Worldwide Representation: IMG Artists, LLC
Technical Director: Mike Runice

Music Composed by Mark Knopfler

“Storybook Love” written by Willy DeVille

Musical Score Adapted and Orchestrated for Live Performance by Mark Graham
Music Preparation: Jo Ann Kane Music Service
Film Preparation for Concert Performance: Epilogue Media
Technical Consultant: Laura Gibson
Sound Remixing for Concert Performance: Chace Audio by Deluxe

The score for The Princess Bride has been specially adapted for live concert performance.

With special thanks to: Norman Lear, Mark Knopfler, Julie Dyer, David Nochimson, Paul Crockford, Sherry Elbe, James Harman, Peter Raleigh, Trevor Motycka, Bethany Brinton, Matt Vogt, Adam Michalak, Alex Levy, Adam Witt, and the musicians and staff of the National Symphony Orchestra.

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THANK YOU TO

Dan and Gayle D’Aniello,
Wolf Trap 2021 Season Underwriters

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