10. March 2017 · Comments Off on Harry Potter #2 Coming Soon! · Categories: Concert Announcements, Movies

At the end of this month I’ll be back on stage, playing in the orchestra as Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets plays on a big screen behind us. Do you have your tickets yet? NO?! Well go here to get them.

05. August 2016 · Comments Off on Harry Potter, Anyone? · Categories: Concert Announcements, Movies

Symphony Silicon Valley will be playing the score as the film plays. Yep, really … how cool is that?! Up first is movie #1, Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone on October 29 and 30. You know you want to go! Screen Shot 2016-08-05 at 8.34.47 AM

Get your tickets here!

14. March 2016 · Comments Off on Pictures At An Exhibition · Categories: Movies, Symphony

Our next Symphony Silicon Valley concert should be a pretty cool one. I hope you’ve purchased your tickets!

Read this:

We are delighted to announce that we will present a contemporary cinematic re-imagining of the art exhibit that originally inspired our centerpiece, Mussorgky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

A visually stunning series of original animated short films created by students, faculty and graduates of the USC School of Cinematic Arts will accompany our orchestra’s performance. The projectionist will use a brand new technology that allows him to act as a member of the orchestra, following the conductor’s tempi together with the musicians. Musical magic, fresh creative expression, and high tech will meld to produce one extraordinary concert experience.

The project was produced and directed by faculty Michael Patterson and Candace Reckinger with a team of 11 animation artists drawn from the John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts. The animation was designed and animated by current students, recent graduates and faculty.

The programmatic work by Mussorgsky is the perfect canvas to apply the talents of the diverse USC-DADA animation program. The project embraces a blending of animation techniques that included CG, digital hand drawn, analog hand drawn, rotoscope, long exposure photography, green screen live action, and practical VFX.

13. July 2015 · Comments Off on New Score? · Categories: Movies, News

Ennio Morricone will compose the score to Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film “Hateful Eight.”

Morricone rose to prominence as a composer for classic Western films including “Once Upon a Time in the West” and “The Great Silence.” He has also composed the scores to iconic films such as “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” and “Bugsy.”

The news was announced at the film’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. It will be Morricone’s first score for a Western film in 40 years.

I read it here.

Hmm. He wrote “Gabriel’s Oboe”. Maybe we’ll get “Hateful Oboe” now.

02. May 2015 · Comments Off on I’d Like To See This · Categories: Movies

Stéphanie Argerich’s intimate and tender portrait of her parents, the legendary pianists Martha Argerich and Stephen Kovacevich, is on release in the UK from 1 May. Stéphanie, Argerich’s youngest daughter, has been filming her mother since she was a teenager, and what emerges here is a refreshingly honest account of the challenges of raising children while pursuing a career as a performing artist, a fascinating study of one of the world’s greatest living pianists, and a touching portrait of mothers and their daughters.

I saw the clip and read the blurb here.

When Symphony Silicon Valley performs The Lord of the Rings trilogy, simultaneous to the movies being shown on a huge screen, there will be 250 musicians on stage, made up of the orchestral instrumentalists, chorale members and children’s chorus.

These voices and musicians will be performing a total of 22 hours in a matter of four days. That only leaves a few hours for eating and sleeping. This becomes a marathon for each of the 100 instrumentalists, the 100 adult vocalists, and the 50 members of the children’s chorus. Not only a physical marathon, but a mental one as well.

The backdrop for the concert stage is a huge screen, 20 feet high and 48 feet wide, that will be showing the three Lord of the Rings movies in high definition.

Think of it: the sheet music alone…and this is just for the conductor…is 1200 pages, printed on 11-inch by 17-inch paper. Depending on the instrument, each musician receives several volumes of sheet music to study in advance.

… eat? Sleep? Meh … been there, done that. ;-)

(The only sad thing about this is that I’ll have to cancel some students. I’m hoping some will come to the shows. Getting my students to attend concerts has been a struggle forever.)

You can read much much more here.

Here’s just a bit of the music (I wanted to be sure and post a YouTube video that looked to be legal … not an easy thing to find!)

02. December 2014 · Comments Off on Do You Have Your Tickets Yet? · Categories: Concert Announcements, Movies, Symphony

Click here to get them!

17. September 2014 · Comments Off on MAESTRO · Categories: Movies

I’d really like to see this …

There is a Kickstarter campaign for it. In case you’re interested.

17. December 2013 · Comments Off on The Grand Piano trailer · Categories: Movies

I doubt I’ll be able to watch this … I am really horrible at dealing with suspense movies. I usually just go to ruinedendings.com and read about them instead!

03. August 2013 · Comments Off on Movie Trailer: Boses · Categories: Movies

I read about this movie here.