The Hollywood Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the World Premiere of music by award-winning composer Craig Armstrong ("Ray" and "Moulin Rouge") from the "World Trade Center," the Paramount Pictures release by director Oliver Stone. The Hollywood Symphony Orchestra follows its highly successful inaugural concert with another evening of exquisite symphonic music from the movies on Saturday, October 7th at 8 p.m. at Royce Hall, on the UCLA campus. Over one hundred of Hollywood's top musicians and singers will appear on stage for an exciting gala event and concert program which will range all the way from Sergei Prokofiev's classic score for the 1938 film "Alexander Nevsky" to the U.S. concert premiere of a suite from "The Matrix," by composer Don Davis. Other composers represented at press time include John Williams, Miklos Rosza, Dimitri Tiomkin, Maurice Jarre, and Max Steiner.
"World Trade Center," starring Nicholas Cage, Michael Peña, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello, is directed by Oliver Stone, produced by Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Moritz Borman, Debra Hill and written by Andrea Berloff. Academy Award®-winning director Oliver Stone and screenwriter Andrea Berloff tell the true story of the heroic survival and rescue of two Port Authority policemen - John McLoughlin (Nicolas Cage) and Will Jimeno (Michael Peña) - who were trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center on 9/11/01, after they went in to help people escape. The film also follows their families as they try to find out what happened to them, as well as the rescuers who found them in the debris field and pulled them out. Their story shows how the best in people rose above the tragic events of that day.
"We are quite excited about the opportunity to showcase a work that provides such delicate and passionate underpinning to a film of this magnitude about courage and family at this dramatic moment in our nation's history," says the HSO's General Manager, John Beal. "We know this will be a very special portion of our concert for the audience and for the orchestra."
Royal Academy of Music graduate Craig Armstrong passed through the ranks of his native Scotland's band culture to become a respected and sought-after composer and arranger on the world stage. In the contemporary field, Madonna, U2, Björk and Massive Attack are among the acts to have benefited from his talents, but it is his scores for "Ray," "The Clearing," "The Quiet American," "The Bone Collector," and Baz Luhrmann's "Romeo & Juliet" and "Moulin Rouge" that have brought him to the forefront of the movie industry.
For more than thirty years, conductor John Scott has been regarded as one of the finest composers working internationally in films today, having collaborated with the foremost producers and directors including Richard Donner, Mark Damon, Hugh Hudson, Norman Jewison, Irvin Kershner, Daniel Petrie, Roger Spottiswoode, and Charlton Heston, among others. Frequently associated with other well-known Hollywood composers, including Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams, he has created a body of work that is some of the finest music ever written for film. Scott worked with Beatles producer George Martin, recording with such artists as Tom Jones, Cilla Black, and The Hollies. As His first film score, "A Study in Terror" led to music for almost 100 films, among them "Antony and Cleopatra," "North Dallas Forty," "The Final Countdown," "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan," "King Kong Lives," "Shoot to Kill," "Lionheart", and a series of scores for documentaries of Jacques Cousteau. He has conducted many of the world's finest orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and several of Europe's leading orchestras, including the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Budapest Opera Orchestra, the Lubliana Radio Orchestra and the Prague Philharmonic.
The concert is presented by the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra Society. Dedicated to preserving and presenting timeless works by contemporary composers of film and television music in a setting worthy of their creative gifts and talents, the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra Society honors an art-form too rarely heard to its full dramatic effects on the concert stage. The Hollywood Symphony Orchestra Society is pleased to bring these exquisite concerts featuring symphonic film and television to our community. In addition to its concerts, the HSOS is working to set up activities involving interaction between schools, the orchestra and a variety of multimedia projects to help their students explore and understand the concept and value of music for film and providing mentoring from masters of the art to emerging film composers. For more information, please visit www.hollywoodsymphonyorchestra.org or email email@example.com