Nearly 100 students got a jumpstart on Spring Break by enjoying “The 15 Greatest Music Moments in Movie History” on February 28 in the Lynn Wood Hall Auditorium. This lighthearted but educational event, presented by WSMC Classical 90.5 FM, showcased both traditional and contemporary Hollywood masterpieces in an attempt to help young people understand that classical music remains relevant in today’s world.
Edmund Stone, host of the nationally syndicated radio program “The Score,” was the featured speaker. Following his lecture, audience members were treated to a full screening of Casablanca and complimentary popcorn. Admission for the event was free, but donations were collected for new equipment at the radio station.
Stone spent considerable time before his presentation touring campus and guest hosting several WSMC programs. Scott Kornblum, general manager for the station, voiced excitement about artistic and educational synergy brought about by the day’s events.
“We were so pleased to have someone with Stone’s powerful background in film and music on our campus,” Kornblum said. “He brings not only experience, but also humor and passion into everything he does.”
Stone was already in the area as part of the “First Annual Film Music Symposium,” a March 1 event hosted by the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. They “loaned” him to Southern for the Lynn Wood Hall presentation, a testament to both WSMC’s strong reputation as an arts leader in the Tennessee Valley and the university's ongoing partnerships with the CSO.