An astounding success upon its release in 1959, North By Northwest remains one of the most popular spy thrillers of all time. In what Timeout magazine called ‘a perfect storm of talent’ North By Northwest sees an innocent man (Cary Grant) pursued across the United States by a group of mysterious agents in an extreme case of mistaken identity. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho, Vertigo) the film was nominated for 3 Academy Awards and is listed by the Writers Guild of America as one of the greatest screenplays ever written.
Bernard Herrmann’s music for North By Northwest is one of the most well-regarded film scores of all time and comes from the most successful period in Herrmann’s work with Hitchcock. Exhilarating, gentle, pulsating and moving, Herrmann throws everything at North By Northwest, creating a brilliant orchestral tour de force. Hearing the score come alive in concert played by an 80-piece orchestra is a unique and thrilling film-going experience where the audience will be swept away by the drama and comedy of the music. All the music for North By Northwest Live has been adapted for live orchestra by Patrick Russ from Herrmann’s original manuscripts.