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Helix Collective’s 10-piece film-music ensemble performs original soundtracks from the 1920s to 1980s by composers from countries which formerly comprised the Soviet Union on Sunday, Oct. 23, at noon at Fiesta Hall in West Hollywood’s Plummer Park. 

The program presents music from iconic films, including “Man with a Movie Camera,” one of the earliest depictions of the cities of Ukraine on film, “It’s a Wonderful Life” with a score by Dimitri Tiomkin, “The Gadfly” with music by Dimitri Shostakovich, “The Cranes are Flying,” and “The Snowstorm.” Film highlights will accompany the original soundtracks, songs and the most striking musical moments from the films. 

Helix Collective describes itself as “classical musicians busting out of the traditional mold.” From crossover dance music to storytelling, to film, television and video game music, the Los Angeles-based ensemble takes the best of classical chamber music and makes it the life of the party. Variety Magazine praised Helix Collective’s musical range moving from “moody urgency and edgy chamber-music sound” to the “sweetly romantic evoking wide-open spaces.” 

Helix Collective founded the L.A. Live Score Film Festival in 2012, a live soundtrack film festival that pairs film composers and indie filmmakers. Video: Helix Collective’s Live Score Festival  

Helix has collaborated with film, TV and video game composers Michael Abels (Get Out, Us), Jeff Russo (Fargo), George S. Clinton (Mortal Kombat), Layla Minoui (Vamparina), Jeff Cardoni (Silicon Valley), Eimear Noone (Video Games Live), Jeff Beal (House of Cards), Julia Newman (BONES), Laura Karpman (Lovecraft Country) and many more. Video: Helix Collective performs The Littlest Things by Sherri Chung




Tickets are free for WeHo residents, general seating for non-residents ($25).

Free parking in Plummer Park. Stay in Plummer Park after the show for the free Opera in the Park event on the lawn with food trucks and shopping from local vendors. 

Photos courtesy of Helix Collective