One of the first composers to break out of Hans Zimmer’s music team as a very prolific composer in his own right in the mid 1990s, Harry Gregson-Williams has penned some of the most stirring and memorable high profile film scores in the past 15 years, including the highly infectious animation scores for Shrek and Chicken Run (co-written with John Powell), the epic fantasy music for the first two Chronicles of Narnia feature films, the neo-renaissance music for Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven and the acclaimed … Read more here!
Commemorating the 70 year anniversary of the end of World War 2, Soundtracks Live! presents a concert program devoted to the most memorable films taking place during the war. The war inspired film makers, even during wartime, to produce cinematic adventures which has continued to engage worldwide audiences throughout seven decades. But the horror and tragedy of war has also had a steady place in the repertoire. The Of War and Remembrance reflects both approaches, presenting music that ranges from the largely romantic ‘Warsaw Concerto’ (composed … Read more here!
The mystery of eternal universe – and the fictional adventures taking place in galaxies far, far away – has always sparkled the creativity among composers. We all have Gustav Holst and The Planets to thank for igniting the fire, and John Williams for carrying the torch into the 21st century, but the science fiction film genre has also given us many other great musical classics. The Soundtracks Live! presentation Space Symphony takes the listener on a journey from the 1960s original Star Trek to James Horner’s … Read more here!
A film genre which has always sparkled the imagination of composers, horror films often feature dark, suggestive and exciting scores. Some of the most quintessential moments in film music history comes from horror films – who will ever forget Bernard Herrmann’s dissonant glissandi violin stabs emulating the murderer’s knife in Psycho, the latin chants of Jerry Goldsmith’s The Omen or the heartbreakingly beauty of Johan Söderqvist’s Let the Right One In? These are, of course, all featured in the Soundtracks Live!’s Chiller Concerto. Just like our other historical … Read more here!
Widely considered to be one of the most strikingly original film composers working on A-list movies today, Christopher Young (born 1958 in New Jersey) breathed new air into the horror music genre with his sustained strings, powerful brass writing and ingenious juxtaposition of beautiful harmony against gruesome imagery – a style now sometimes referred to as “gothic” in film music circles. Mr. Young started out in the 1980s getting his big break on films such as A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 … Read more here!
The flagship in the Soundtrack Live! fleet of film music concerts, this program (simply named Soundtrack! followed by the current year) is constantly evolving in order to present the most current, the most popular and the most exciting orchestral music from films currently or recently on the worldwide cinema repertoire. Each concert will be unique! Featuring music by the leading film composers today, Soundtrack! is a great program that should be an annual event in any modern concert repertoire. It currently features music by such acclaimed composers … Read more here!
Perhaps the greatest and inventive, certainly the most influential, film director of all time was also a great believer in the force of music in film. Alfred Hitchcock worked with some of the finest film composers throughout his career, most notably with Bernard Herrmann (resulting in classic soundtracks such as Psycho, North by Northwest and Vertigo) but also golden age legends Franz Waxman (Rear Window, Rebecca, Suspicion) and Dimitri Tiomkin (Dial M for Murder, Strangers on a Train) and Miklós Rózsa (Spellbound). Soundtracks Live! … Read more here!
There is currently no bigger trend in Hollywood blockbuster cinema than the superhero movie! The film universe is crowded with amazing action characters possessing incredible superpowers used to defeat the darkest villains imaginable – and they do it accompanied by rousing symphonic music that showcases the most epic proportions of the orchestra. From John Williams’ enigmatic Superman music, via Danny Elfman’s stylish music for Batman and Spiderman to the most current heroic themes including John Ottman’s X-Men, Soundtrack Live! presents a highly entertaining concert program that is destined … 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!