Our October 12 and 13 concert features the music of Henry Mancini, whose soundtracks for film and television made him a Hollywood legend. We've created these links especially for you!
For this concert, our special guest will be Mancini’s daughter, GRAMMY-nominated singer Monica. In this video, she sings her father’s iconic “Moon River” at a radio station in Ireland. The song was originally written by Mancini for Audrey Hepburn to perform in Breakfast at Tiffany's; he listened to her singing in the movie Funny Face and set the tune perfectly in Hepburn's vocal range.
From the 1962 film Days of Wine and Roses, starring Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick, here’s the theme song with the opening credits.
The title song from Charade features in this official trailer from the 1963 film, a popular hit for Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. As the video suggests, the movie is a mix of suspense, romance and comedy, and the beautiful song focuses on the "romance" angle.
Everyone recognizes the famous theme from The Pink Panther. Henry Mancini himself is the conductor and the video also includes some clips of Peter Sellers as the hilariously incompetent detective Inspector Clouseau.
Many people also know the theme from “Peter Gunn,” although we may not remember that it was originally from the 1958-61 TV show (Henry Mancini received Emmy and GRAMMY nominations for the song). Some of us know it better as part of The Blues Brothers soundtrack, providing the background as Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi escape the police, and reprised throughout the 1980 film. Watch the original Blues Brothers band, including Matt “Guitar” Murphy and Alan “Mr. Fabulous” Rubin, performing “Peter Gunn” in 1992.
In 1982, Julie Andrews had a box office smash with the movie musical Victor/Victoria, directed by her husband and longtime Mancini collaborator Blake Edwards. Andrews starred as an out-of-work singer who pretends to be a man impersonating a woman. Henry Mancini won his last Oscar for the Victor/Victoria score. Check out the movie trailer featuring the song “Le Jazz Hot.”