Joplin, MO (SNS) – A special edition of “Southern Serenade” on KXMS will celebrate Alfred Hitchcock’s birthday at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, with music from film scores spanning the 1950.

Film director Alfred Hitchcock was born in London on August 13, 1899, and was not yet 52 years old when “Strangers on a Train” opened on June 30, 1951. Conductor Paul Bateman will lead the City of Prague Philharmonic in a suite from the film that featured Hitchcock’s daughter, Pat, in a starring role.

Composer Dimitri Tiomkin provided the film score for both “Strangers on a Train” as well as 1954’s “Dial M for Murder,” another suite to be heard, with conductor John Mauceri and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Also from 1954, but with music by Franz Waxman, the hour will feature a suite from the successful “Rear Window,” again with Mauceri conducting the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

After a short break for the Composers Datebook with John Zech, 1956 is represented with Arthur Benjamin’s Storm Clouds Cantata” from “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” which also provided a crucial plot point in Hitchcock’s first production of the film with the same title in 1934.

Bernard Herrmann was the most significant musical contributor to the Hitchcock filmography of the 1950s. His distinctive main title theme for 1959’s “North by Northwest” closes the survey of Hitchcock’s greatest decade, once again with Mauceri and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

“Dial ‘H’ for Hitchcock” – a series that analyzes the director’s films, hosted by Jeff Skibbe and Dr. Michael Howarth – will continue this fall with a new installment examining the thematically related “Foreign Correspondent” and “Lifeboat.”

“Southern Serenade,” produced Monday through Friday at 5 p.m., is in its 25th season at KXMS, a cultural resource and a community service of Missouri Southern State University.

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