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CHICAGO (CBS) – The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is planning to pay tribute to America’s most respected living movie critic later this month.

On Feb. 25, the orchestra will honor Roger Ebert, by playing a selection of music from some of his favorite films.

Specifically, the concert, titled “A Tribute to Roger Ebert,” will include performances of music from “Casablanca,” “The Third Man,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and “Gone with the Wind.”

There will also be selections from Ebert’s favorite film composers, and many “special surprises,” the orchestra said.

The concert is part of the orchestra’s “Friday Night at the Movies” series. Richard Kaufman, whose background is in supervising music for film and television, will conduct.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Ebert has been reviewing movies for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967. He gained worldwide celebrity beginning in 1975, when he began hosting the first of several televised movie review shows with late Chicago Tribune and CBS 2 movie critic Gene Siskel.

Ebert recently returned to television with a segment on “Ebert Presents at the Movies.” Since surgery for cancer in his jaw has left him unable to talk, several other celebrities have spoken for him in his segments, including CBS 2’s Bill Kurtis.

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