On Saturday, Varèse Sarabande Records celebrated 35 years of releasing film music with a special anniversary concert performed by the Golden State Pops Orchestra at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, CA. Conducted by Steven Allen Fox, the sold out concert featured music by some of Hollywood's leading film composers including John Powell, Mark Isham, Brian Tyler, Jerry Goldsmith, and Alex North.
The audience was treated to guest performances and celebrity soloists, including Hans Zimmer teaming with Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger for a special rendition of the end title theme from Driving Miss Daisy. Additionally, Oscar winning composer Michael Giacchino conducted the world premiere of his music from the upcoming film Star Trek Into Darkness, in theaters Friday. The concert received a standing ovation.
Prior to the concert, a special exhibition of original score album artwork by acclaimed artists Bob Peak and Matthew Joseph Peak was held at the Deco Art Deco Gallery. Following the concert, a VIP reception was held with over 250 guests in attendance.
The evening was hosted by Varèse Sarabande's producer Robert Townson, who has produced over one thousand titles with the label. A highlight of the concert was the performance of the late Jerry Goldsmith's iconic score for the film Rudy, conducted by composer Cliff Eidelman.
The Varèse Sarabande 35th Anniversary global concert series will continue on June 15, 2013 with a Star Wars Musical Tribute. There will also be additional concerts in Poland, Spain, and Austria taking place this summer, and other European and U.S. concerts will be announced for the fall.