Bernard Herrmann

CSO hopes movies lure fans to Orchestra Hall

One week after "The Lord of the Rings Symphony" sweeps into town like Gandalf lighting the way for the denizens of Minas Tirith, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will launch its first series dedicated to film music: Friday Night at the Movies. Each of the three evenings in the series will feature the CSO playing film scores while images from the featured films appear above the orchestra. The Oct. 15 debut will be "City Lights," Charlie Chaplin's last work from the silent era. "Chaplin composed his own score for it," says Martha Gilmer, CSO vice president of artistic planning. "It's a charming and lovely film, and the music is really of a very high...