On Friday, May 17 the San Francisco Opera Orchestra along with Music Director Nicola Luisotti will cross the twinkling Bay Bridge for a rare concert at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. The program includes music by Puccini and Brahams, and a Piano Concerto by Italian composer Nino Rota, performed by Giuseppe Albanese.
In addition to his classical compositions, the prolific composer, pianist, conductor and academic scored over 150 films from the 1930s until his death in 1979. If you are a fan of mid-century Italian cinema then you have undoubtedly heard of his work in famous films by Fellini and Visconti as well as Francis Ford Coppola. To give you a sense of Rota's cinematic influence we've (with a little help from IMDB
) put together clips of the top 10 Rota film scores for you viewing pleasure.
Number 1) Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather, II