«SUPERMAN» – IN CONCERT Podcast Special: Interview with Mike Matessino

Soundtrack Producer Mike Matessino talks his involvement in the preparation of the live-to-picture concert performance of John Williams’ classic score premiering at the KKL in Lucerne on April 29

Hosted by Maurizio Caschetto and Tim Burden

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On the eve of the world premiere of «SUPERMAN» – IN CONCERT at the KKL in Lucerne, Switzerland, The Legacy of John Williams welcomes Soundtrack Producer Mike Matessino for Part 2 of the podcast special dedicated to this thrilling and long-awaited concert performance of John Williams‘ majestic score live to picture (listen to Part 1 HERE).

Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel in Richard Donner’s Superman The Movie (1978); Photo © Warner Bros., courtesy of CapedWonder.com

The Academy Award-nominated music score by John Williams for Richard Donner‘s classic film starring Christopher Reeve in the title role is among the Maestro’s most popular and enduring works and certainly one of the movie’s most powerful assets. Soundtrack Producer Mike Matessino has accumulated a vast knowledge on this seminal piece in Williams’ catalogue thanks to the restoration work he did on it throughout the years for various soundtrack releases, the latest of which was released in 2019 by La-La Land Records in conjunction for the film’s 40th anniversary. Mike discussed at length his work for this release and his views on Donner’s film and Williams’ score in a 2-part podcast special with The Legacy of John Williams and now he returns to talk more from a different perspective. In addition to his stellar soundtrack restoration work for which he’s much appreciated, Matessino has collaborated with Film Concerts Live on several of their ‘Film with Orchestra’ projects, assisting and consulting on Back To The Future, Jurassic Park, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and more recently on Superman: The Movie.

Richard Donner and John Williams discussing on the set during the filming of Superman: The Movie (1978), Photo © Warner Bros., courtesy of CapedWonder.com

In this conversation, Mike Matessino sits down again with The Legacy of John Williams’ Editor Maurizio Caschetto and Head Contributor Tim Burden to talk with thorough detail how the ‘Film In Concert’ presentations are put together, chronicling his work on Superman and also on other classic John Williams’ film concerts as Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Matessino also discusses the reasoning behind the choice of reintroducing music that was originally dialed out or cut from the film’s original theatrical release and the many technical challenges of the live-to-picture format.

Christopher Reeve as Superman and Margot Kidder as Lois Lane in Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie (1978), Photo © Warner Bros.

John Williams’ «SUPERMAN» – IN CONCERT is having its world premiere on April 29, 2022 at the KKL in Lucerne, Switzerland, performed by the City Light Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Gabriele. The event is presented by City Light Concerts in association with Film Concerts Live and Warner Bros. Pictures. It will also be presented on June 25, 2022, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, UK, with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Anthony Gabriele.


Dates & Links

April 29, 2022
«SUPERMAN» – IN CONCERT
KKL Luzern, Switzerland
City Light Symphony Orchestra
Anthony Gabriele, conductor
Info & Tickets

June 25, 2022
«SUPERMAN» – IN CONCERT
Royal Albert Hall
London, United Kingdom
Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
Anthony Gabriele, conductor
Info & Tickets


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