Unlike Sergei Eisenstein’s later cinematic treatment of “Alexander Nevsky” which commissioned a mesmerizing score from Prokofiev, Einsenstein’s classic 1925 silent film “The Battleship Potemkin” was originally released without a specific score. But after Einsenstein’s death and in the wake of its World War II victory, Soviet Communists began using music from Shostakovich’s World War II symphonies to beef up the film’s propaganda element. That controversial result will be shown in a 1976 version completed after Shostakovich’s 1975 death, with the music played live by the Grant Park Orchestra for the Shostakovich centennial—with a later starting time because of the competing noise of “Taste of Chicago” and to make sure that the park is dark. An 8pm pre-concert “Coffee Talk” will take place on the Pritzker Pavilion stage, featuring producer Sheldon Rich and Grant Park Orchestra French horn player and film scholar Neil Kimel. (Dennis Polkow)
July 7 at Pritzker Pavilion, Michigan Ave. between Randolph and Monroe, (312)742-7638. 9pm. Free.