"We combined the votes from both paper and online sources. Interestingly, in around 50 percent of the cases, the two sources yielded exactly the same result, but that means around 50 percent had a discrepancy," he said.
"It will come as no surprise that online voting definitely demonstrated a slightly younger trend in taste, but we absolutely and without exception counted each and every ballot and are letting the combined numbers drive the repertoire, no matter what."
Cooper said in selecting movies for the ballot he considered what musical arrangements would be available.
"I have needed to do very little 'arranging' of the music. Perhaps tweaking would be a better word," he said. "We did a lot of research in advance to be sure that we could get good arrangements of everything and anything that was on the ballot. This helped keep us honest when it came to allowing the ballot box to speak for itself. Otherwise, we might have been tempted to pick the best arrangements or music."
Interestingly, not all movie music necessarily makes for good concert fare.
"Music for movies does not need to be nearly as well thought out as concert music, since it has the narrative of the movie to give it cohesion," Cooper said. "The shark (music) in 'Jaws' is a perfect example - it's not good stand-alone music, but perfect for the invocation of imminent danger."
Sometimes, a movie score improves in a live setting.
"Original soundtrack recordings often sound very stilted to me," Cooper said, "the result of slaving to time-code, whereas the music itself, in a concert setting, often breathes and flows in a more natural and expressive way.
"The music to 'Dances with Wolves' - not one of our nominees - strikes me this way. There is much more potential in the score than the original movie score recording achieves."
This is the first time the West Virginia Symphony has done such a show, although Cooper has done it in a former position.
In keeping with the fun, "celebrity" judges will announce winners. They include Delegate Doug Skaff of the West Virginia Legislature, Brooks Jarosz and Jessica Ralston of WSAZ-TV, Jenny Murray of V-100 Radio, Adam Krason of sponsor company ZMM Architects and Engineers and the mascot Captain Cab of C&H Taxi.
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.