Undoubtedly the most popular composer ever working in film, John Williams is still active at the age of 85. Soundtracks Live! celebrates one of the most brilliant symphonists of our time with a Tribute that contains a carefully assorted selection of his most important and well-known film scores. The Soundtracks Live program is centered around four main blocks: music from the Star Wars saga, music from the Harry Potter movies, Williams’ Americana scores (Born on the Fourth of July, JFK and Lincoln) and music from the films of … Read more here!
If there is any composer whose love and passion for the cinematic medium is purely evident in his musical voice, it is John Barry (1933-2011). Best known for his playful scores and hit songs from the James Bond movies, the quintessential British composer also penned some of the most beautiful and sentimental music in the history of epic film drama, including his Oscar winning music for Out of Africa, Dances With Wolves and Born Free. Featuring outstanding arrangements by John Barry’s orchestrator, Nic Raine (who is also … Read more here!
A master of poignant drama as well as rousing western adventures and hilarious comedies, Elmer Bernstein (1922-2004) belonged to the ‘Silver Age’ composers of Hollywood who pioneered the use of jazz idioms in film scoring (primarily with his ingenious score for Otto Preminger’s The Man With the Golden Arm in 1955). He had a striking gift for melody and penned themes that were both memorable, beautiful and catchy. In collaboration with his son Peter Bernstein, who followed in the footsteps of his father and … Read more here!
Best known for his ground-breaking music for the films of Alfred Hitchcock, New York-born Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975) was a rebellious film composer who always approached films with the highest artistic integrity imaginable. A romantic at heart but more of a minimalist modernist in practice, Herrmann experimented with highly unusual orchestration and intense motif-driven scoring – he is rightly considered to be the most influential film composer ever. Soundtrack Live! presents a Soundtrack Legends program featuring a wide range of Herrmann’s scores showcasing not only the … Read more here!
A quintessential film composer, Jerry Goldsmith (1929-2004) wrote some of the most ingenious, inventive and clever scores to be heard in mainstream Hollywood cinema during the span of four decades. This Soundtrack Legends concert program showcases his most brilliant scores ranging from the modernist Planet of the Apes to the spirited and heroic Supergirl, from the off- and upp-beat Capricorn One to the charmingly entertaining Gremlins. Conceived especially for this Soundtracks Live presentation is the “California Noir Suite” (featuring themes from Basic Instinct, Chinatown and L.A. Confidential) as well as a brand … Read more here!