Legendary composer Lalo Schifrin (Mission: Impossible, Rush Hour 1, 2, and 3) will be the recipient of the Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award, to be presented at the annual Hollywood in Vienna Concert (Vienna Concert Hall) on October 22, 2012. The concert will present selections of Schifrin's compositions performed by the Vienna Radio-Symphony Orchestra under the direction of David Newman.
"I am very fortunate to have been invited by the City of Vienna to receive the Max Steiner Lifetime Achievement Award," said Schifrin. "This means so very much to me because of the great legacy that this implies, especially because of its music history. I am looking forward to working with the great David Newman and all of those who are involved in making this possible."
"I am excited to collaborate with the City of Vienna in putting together a program of so many great works by the world renowned composer, conductor and musician, Maestro Lalo Schifrin. It will be an honor for me to conduct some of his classic and diverse compositions from film and television," said Newman.
Schifrin has written over 100 film and television scores including Mission Impossible, Mannix, Cool Hand Luke, Bullitt, The Cincinnati Kid, Amityville Horror, Enter The Dragon, four of the Dirty Harry films, and more recently Abominable and Rush Hour 1, 2, and 3. Lalo Schifrin has now won five Grammys (twenty-two nominations), one Cable ACE Award, and six Academy Award nominations. His longtime involvement in both the jazz and symphonic worlds came together in 1993 as pianist and conductor for his on-going series of "Jazz Meets the Symphony" recordings.
Hollywood in Vienna is a symphonic gala concert celebrating classic and current masterpieces of film music in the prestigious Wiener Konzerthaus (Vienna Concert Hall) in Vienna, capital of Austria. Within the course of each gala, the City of Vienna awards one of today's leading film music composers with the Max Steiner Award.
The Viennese Max Steiner was one of the most influential pioneers in the history of Hollywood film music and scored all-time classics like King Kong, Gone with the Wind, and Casablanca. In contrast to the common idea that the music of Hollywood is a typical American art form, film music was actually "exported" to the United States by composers like Steiner and Erich Wolfgang Korngold and now returns back to its roots – to Vienna, the City of Music.
The Max Steiner Award is presented to one of the world's leading film composers at the Hollywood in Vienna gala concert. The award honors extraordinary achievements within the genre of film music by the musical capital of Austria, Vienna.