Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Violins of Violence 

Wednesday, Jul 14 2010
The world's most imitated movie sound effect — the "stab" screech from the shower scene in Psycho — wasn't made by foley artists, synthesizers, or the universe sucking its breath in sharply. Instead, the quintessential sound of meaningless, gory death and sheer violent insanity was made by a symphony's string section. Bernard Herrman's score is unknown to most thrillergoers, but without it, how would anyone be scared of strangers, or old houses, or Mother, or psychos? Thank you, Mr. Herrmann. At Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho with the San Francisco Symphony, a live, top-of-the-line rendition of the composition accompanies a screening of the classic frightfest. Will it be even scarier than if you were at home with your HD and your bangin' sound system? Short answer: yes. Long answer: It's the 50th anniversary of the Hitch signature movie, your speakers can't deliver what conductor Donato Cabrera can, and "the big screen" means "bigger than will fit into any apartment in the Bay Area."
Sat., July 17, 8 p.m., 2010

About The Author

Hiya Swanhuyser


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment


  • Giants World Series-Bound
    If you haven't heard, the Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals last night, 6-3, on Travis Ishikawa's walk-off, three-run blast. For the third time in five years, San Francisco is World Series-bound. Christopher Victorio caught up with the fans as they celebrated in the streets after Thursday's game.
  • The Concert for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals
    The Concert for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals featured Bruno Mars at Civic Center Plaza. The evening ended with an after-party at City Hall where guests were treated to small bites Photographs by Sugarwolf.

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed
  1. Most Popular