On Monday, November 18, 2013, 27 members of the New Westchester Symphony Orchestra participated in the shooting of a scene for an Amazon series pilot! The series, called “Mozart in the Jungle,” is based on the memoir of the same name by Blair Tindall. This particular scene was shot at SUNY Purchase in Westchester County, NY.
They needed an orchestra in the background and tapped NewWSO and The Chelsea Symphony to fill the roles. They wanted the orchestra to look as real, so rather than hiring random extras they called us. They wanted us to play to track rather than play for real, a perfect arrangement which allowed our musicians to enjoy the experience rather than stress about putting on a performance.
The day was long, but sharing the stage with a world-famous violinist (whose name we won’t mention here, but it’s not hard to find out who!), even if we were only “fake accompanying” him, was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and the highlight of the day. And most of us got to experience, for the first time, the behind the scenes action that goes into the making of a TV show. Also on set (among others who have not yet been officially announced!) was one of the stars, Gael Garcia Bernal, and co-writer Jason Schwartzman of Coppola family and Rushmore fame (Schwartzman is Talia Shire’s son, i.e. Francis Ford Coppola’s nephew). More about the series from Deadline Hollywood:
Mozart in the Jungle was written by Oscar-nominated writer and director Roman Coppola, actor and musician Jason Schwartzman, and Tony-nominated writer and director Alex Timbers. The project is based on the memoir Mozart in the Jungle by Blair Tindall. Mozart in the Jungle is all about sex, drugs—and classical music—and shows that what happens behind the curtains at the symphony can be just as captivating as what happens on stage.
“Many shows are in a single world; Mozart in the Jungle is an unusual show in that there are two worlds fused together. On one side is the high-level skill and sophistication that comes with classical music, and at the same time it’s a story that includes people rising up from the bottom, trying to make it in the big world. I love the sense of contrast, the high and the low, the refined and the more base—I hope audiences will love it too,” said Roman Coppola, co-creator of Mozart in the Jungle. “Amazon has been incredibly supportive and they have given us their blessing to make this show. We are very much in harmony and we feel lucky to be working with a partner that is so in sync with us and what we want to do.”
Checkout pics on our Facebook page, and stay tuned for information on release date for the pilot, probably sometime in 2014. Pickup a copy of the book today!