Film Music News Roundup 16 – The Elfman Project, The Homesman Score, Lord of the Rings and James Horner
This week’s film music news roundup follows stories from the biggest names in film composing!
One of the American Youth Symphony’s tenets is to share “exceptional, innovative concerts” featuring musicians from the ages of 15-27. On November 23rd, and one of the concerts will be taking place in Los Angeles, celebrating the work of Danny Elfman (Good Will Hunting)! Prior to the concert, there will be a symposium featuring composer David Newman (Tarzan), orchestrator Steve Bartek and sound engineer Dennis Sands. We’re there!
Source: American Youth Symphony website
Academy Award nominee Marco Beltrami (Resident Evil, Mimic, Underworld: Evolution) adds his haunting score to the film, “The Homesman”. Directed and starring by Academy Award Winner, Tommy Lee Jones and co-starring fellow award winners Meryl Streep and Hillary Swank, the western themed film is one of the year’s most anticipated. “The Homesman” marks the third collaboration between Beltrami and Jones.
In creating the score, Beltrami left the comfortable trappings of the recording studios and decided to write this haunting score outdoors.
“Beltrami took a piano and put it atop a hill, with the piano wires stretching 175 feet across the mountains to capture the sound of the blowing Santa Ana winds.”
Source: We Are Movie Geeks
Speaking of epic scores, we revisit the music of Middle Earth with an outdoor screening of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy in its entirety. This screening will be taking place next April in San Jose and it will feature a full orchestra. The Symphony Silicon orchestra will be playing Howard Shore’s (Cop Land, Doubt) timeless score against a backdrop of a 48-by-20-foot screen showing “The Fellowship of the Ring”, “The Two Towers” and “The Return of the King” consecutively.
“The logistics are huge. It’s the biggest project we’ve ever done,” said Andrew Bales, president of Symphony Silicon Valley. It is estimated that the orchestra will be continuously playing over 10 hours of Howard Shore’s award-winning score.
Source: San Jose Mercury
James Horner’s (Apocalypto, Red Heat, The Man Without a Face) music will always be associated with blockbuster films, but in an unconventional move he will be lending his immense talent to concert music.
James Horner admits: “I’ve always wanted to write a ballet.”
“Pas De Deux” or “step of two” in English, is the title of Horner’s composition that will feature the talents of brother-sister duo Hakon and Mari Samuelsen on strings, accompanied by the Royal Liverpool Orchestra, conducted by Vasily Petrenko.
Source: The Liverpool Echo
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