The Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO) will premiere award-winning composer Harry Gregson-Williams' "Grand Orchestral Suite" from the critically acclaimed The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe orchestrated and conducted by Gregson-Williams, Friday, May 18, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. at Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver. Gregson-Williams received Grammy and Golden Globe Award nominations for his original score to The Chronicles of Narnia, which was directed by Andrew Adamson. The concert will include images from the blockbuster movie.
Gregson-Williams' impressive body of work includes more than 40 film scores, displaying his range and versatility through a wide variety of genres. He most recently wrote the music for the highly anticipated animated film Shrek The Third, being released nationwide on May 18. His other credits include Ridley Scott's epic Kingdom of Heaven, Shrek and Shrek 2, Tony Scott's Man on Fire, Spy Game, Enemy of the State, Domino and Déjà vu, and the upcoming Gone, Baby, Gone which marks Ben Affleck's directorial debut. Gregson-Williams will also be composing the music for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, being released in 2008.
The CSO performance features The Choir from Cherry Hills Community Church and images from the film presented along with the music. Audiences will also enjoy costumes from the film on display in the lobby of Boettcher Concert Hall. The first half of the program includes more music from award-winning movies, plus a salute to the film music of Danny Elfman, including Batman, Edward Scissorhands, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - and more!
"The CSO is honored to have been chosen to premiere this piece," CSO Executive Vice President Gene Sobczak said. "A composer with such world-renowned praise bringing his newest masterpiece to the Colorado Symphony is a big feather in Denver's cap. This opportunity strengthens the idea that the CSO continues to emerge as one of the top orchestras in the country."