"Mr. Holland's Opus" is one of my favorite movies.
Haven't seen it? Add it to your list!
Like "American Graffiti", (also starring Richard Dreyfuss), I can't imagine anyone not being entertained by it.
Dreyfuss plays a musician having trouble making ends meet, so he takes what he thinks will be a temporary job as a High School music teacher, just to pay the bills until another "gig" presents itself. You can probably guess how the story unfolds.
While life goes on and this music teacher touches the lives of hundreds of his students, Mr. Holland is writing a symphony. I won't spoil the movie for you, but it ends with an orchestra playing the symphony Mr. Holland has written.
Until recently I thought the "symphony" we saw in the movie was pretty much the whole enchilada. Poking around YouTube, I find the work, actually composed by Michael Kamen, is a much longer piece... 8 minutes plus.
So here, to commemorate the 6th anniversary of the World Trade Center attack and America's response, I share with you-
"An American Symphony", by Michael Kamen, with images by Rebecca Duncan: