David Amram
Composer, Conductor & Multi-Instrumentalist

David Amram introduces The Manchurian Candidate (1962) for Frank Sinatra, An American Icon Exhibit at the New York Public Library

Monday, July 20 at 6 pm at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium

Free and Open to the Public

In 1962, David Amram composed one of his most acclaimed film scores for the classic political thriller Manchurian Candidate, starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh and Angela Lansbury, and directed by John Frankenheimer. 

On Monday, July 20th at 6:00 pm, in a "Centennial Salute to Frank Sinatra," the Lincoln Center Library of the Performing Arts will present in its Bruno Walter Auditorium,  The Manchurian Candidate, the film which many consider Sinatra's  greatest film and his finest acting performance.

Last year, Lincoln Center saluted David Amram with one week of Amram events in celebration of their acquisition of his archives.  They have now asked David to introduce the film on Monday.   
Note that the Bruno Walter Auditorium is located in the Lincoln Center Library of Performing Arts, at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, in Lincoln Center.    
This special screening of The Manchurian Candidate is free to the public.  Doors will open at 5:00 pm.  If you want to attend, make sure to get there early.


"There are two kinds of great film scores - the kind you hear and the kind you don't. I've been playing the fourteen  note main title theme from David Amram's MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE score in my head for three decades. Amram's  score does more than just penetrate the psyche. It seduces with an unusual tickling strategy that also haunts at the same time. It takes you into curious, unexpected places that are half psychologically spooky and half jazzy-quirky. Journalist Neil Hickey has called it `one of the most consummate scores ever created for a motion picture’."

-- Jeffrey Wells, Hollywood Elsewhere

"David Amram has done a magnificent job. The score is exactly what I wanted for the film.  The music is almost sane  sometimes … as the story is almost sane sometimes… And at other times, the music is in the trees, just like the movie.  It is a great score!"

-- Frank Sinatra, Star and Co-Executive Producer of  Manchurian Candidate

"David Amram's haunting score drives the movie forward and emphasizes perfectly all the dramatic elements."

John Frankenheimer, Director of Manchurian Candidate



"Lincoln Center's Centennial Salute to Frank Sinatra"
6:00 pm, Monday, July 20th
Film to be introduced by David Amram, composer of the film score
Bruno Walter Auditorium
Lincoln Center Library of Performing Arts
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
Free and open to the Public