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 Posted:   May 11, 2013 - 11:16 PM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

Still no pictures or everyone is still after-partying? wink

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2013 - 11:27 PM   
 By:   TJ   (Member)

Concert was awesome. Zimmer and his special guests played the man of steel theme in the middle of driving miss daisy. Encores were to kill a mockingbird and the final conflict.

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2013 - 11:31 PM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

Hey Thor, I picked up some schwag from last night's concert for you. Can I still e-mail you at that celluloid thingy?

And Danny only came out on stage at the very end of the show . . . he didn't perform. He just took a bow.

 
 Posted:   May 12, 2013 - 12:30 AM   
 By:   bigbearla   (Member)

I live in LA, and am new on the FSM board. This was my first time going to a GSPO concert at the Warner. And you can sign me up as a regular now! The concert was amazing!!! Better than I had expected! The level of performance plus the enthusiasm and talent that the composers, performers, Mr. Fox, Mr. Townson and Mr. Kraft brought to the night was electric. The addition of big screen video with multi-camera coverage of the musicians, clips of movies and stiils of the composers and scores represented added another wonderful layer to the experience.

Looking forward to the Star Wars concert, and a word to everyone - save the date of October 19th for the GSPO Varese Halloween Concert. It's gonna sell fast after tonight.

 
 
 Posted:   May 12, 2013 - 12:53 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Hey Thor, I picked up some schwag from last night's concert for you. Can I still e-mail you at that celluloid thingy?

And Danny only came out on stage at the very end of the show . . . he didn't perform. He just took a bow.


Schwag, eh? Intriguing. Yes, I'm still available at tjhaga@yahoo.com.

 
 
 Posted:   May 12, 2013 - 2:11 AM   
 By:   tarasis   (Member)

Well Im going to the damned thing tonight...

Ford A. Thaxton


Lol. It sounds Ford that you are more being dragged than wanting to go.

I'd have been there in spirit if they streamed the event.

Was it filmed? Chances of it being released on DVD/BR later?

 
 
 Posted:   May 12, 2013 - 2:44 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I've been watching the pics and videos that Peter put out on facebook. Wow. The video of Elfman and Zimmer greeting each other on stage was really a marvel. I don't think I've ever seen them together like that.

 
 Posted:   May 12, 2013 - 6:02 AM   
 By:   bigbearla   (Member)

Thor, can you please post a link for the Facebook photos?

 
 
 Posted:   May 12, 2013 - 6:08 AM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

Sounds like a tremendous night, I wish it would have been possible for me to be there.

How about some photos for those of us who don't have the Facebook ? big grin

 
 Posted:   May 12, 2013 - 11:42 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

For now you can check out the event page on facebook (should be visible to anyone not just those on Facebook).
https://www.facebook.com/events/152902618183112/

I tagged some photos there from the red carpet.


We had a short gathering at the brewery before hand. I had their IPA, Iowa Battleship and it was quite solid at 6.8% with a nice amber color and heavy grapefruit flavors. I had two of those and then we went over to hang out for the red carpet. I caught photos of Michael Giacchino, Brian Tyler, John Debney, Christopher Lennertz, and the conductor, Steven Allen Fox at the red carpet before going in to grab my seat.

The opening number was an overture suite with different pieces. It gave the concert a powerful start. Driving Miss daisy piece was pretty boring. They could have picked a better Zimmer piece that would have taken better advantage of the full orchestra.

That Hamilton Woman by Miklos Rozsa was a powerful romantic piece that really gave the violins a workout. Dolphin Tale was a great emotional selection for Isham and made great use of the visuals from the film on screen. The solo flutist Sara Andon made her debut in A Little Romance (Georges Delerue), hitting all the right notes in the quite difficult piece. Every time she made it out again I knew I was in for a treat.

How to Train Your Dragon (John Powell) gave the orchestra a workout with its powerful passages and big sweeping themes. Aliens vs Predator Requiem (Brian Tyler) was a powerful piece but also over way too fast. Even my boyfriend was saying "WOW!" at how powerful the orchestra sounded. Part One ended on a powerful note with Rudy (Jerry Goldsmith) adding on the choir for even more effect.

For part 1, I only didn't like Driving Miss Daisy.

Part 2 started with a bang with another suite, this time an Entr'acte. The big rousing Sci-Fi themes presented here blended perfectly together and gave us a taste of Robocop, City Slickers, Back to the Future 3, Iron Giant, Aliens, and others.

Iron Will (Joel McNeely) was a solid performance although it did drag at parts. Spartacus (Alex North) was of course introduced with Robert Townson proclaiming it the greatest theme ever written. Once again we got the lovely Sara Andon to play flute, and again the parts were quite complicated but she pulled them off beautifully.

Pee Wee's Big Adventure (Danny Elfman) was introduced with a bunch of talk about how it really got people into Elfman. Being one of Elfman's more quirky works, I didn't really think it fit with the rest of the program. It was at least slightly more interesting than Driving Miss Daisy. Though both Pee Wee and Driving Miss Daisy were the first scores the respective composers had released by Varese so I can see why it would make sense to include them.

The Ant Bully (John Debney) gave us a nice African flavor for the evening with Swahili vocals. A solid and engaging piece. Shrek (Harry Gregson Williams) was a powerful piece, and a highlight of the second half. Great themes and use of solo vocalists. Star Trek Into Darkness (Michael Giacchino) was a solid suite but it also sounded like most of it was themes from the first film. A few of the parts that sounded new were kinda boring and a bit heavy on the textured suspense side of things. It might have been more accurately called simply Star Trek suite.

As an encore, we were given the lovely To Kill a Mockingbird (Elmer Bernstein) suite. Unexpected but quite lovely as it has always been one of my favorite Bernstein scores. To end things off, we had a piece from The Final Conflict (Jerry Goldsmith) as a preview of the upcoming Varese concert in October featuring other horror scores as well.

My boyfriend enjoyed himself for his first film music concert. For him, the highlights were How to Train Your Dragon, AVP, and Shrek. For me, the highlights were To Kill a Mockingbird, Rudy, and A Little Romance.

 
 
 Posted:   May 12, 2013 - 2:16 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

What concert?

 
 
 Posted:   May 12, 2013 - 2:20 PM   
 By:   TJ   (Member)

I agree with Sirius, except I really enjoyed Driving Miss Daisy quite a bit, as well as the interlude in the middle of it, which I originally thought was Inception, but somebody on FB said it was Man of Steel, so I will defer to others on that. smile

 
 Posted:   May 12, 2013 - 6:17 PM   
 By:   dogplant   (Member)

Here's the curtain call:

 
 Posted:   May 12, 2013 - 7:28 PM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

I enjoyed DMD immensely by the way! Didn't know what the middle section was until some folks said it was Man Of Steel which I thought was a neat somewhat hidden bonus for folks. I didn't mind at all and DMD is my favorite Zimmer still smile BUT what do I know? Not muchsmile

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2013 - 5:17 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

To end things off, we had a piece from The Final Conflict (Jerry Goldsmith) as a preview of the upcoming Varese concert in October featuring other horror scores as well.

Great write-up.

What more can you tell me about this October Varese concert? First I'm hearing of it and I'm excited to think of attending, hoping to quell the sadness of missing out on the 35th.

Any more info on it would be great!!

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2013 - 8:16 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

I don't remember if they said a specific date but just keep an eye out for more info. They don't have any info on the GSPO web site yet.

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2013 - 8:21 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

What more can you tell me about this October Varese concert? First I'm hearing of it and I'm excited to think of attending, hoping to quell the sadness of missing out on the 35th.

same here... that halloween thingy is getting more and more tempting...
btw, how was the actual pre-concert signing organized? Did all the guests participate or only some of them and you have to chase down the rest?

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2013 - 8:49 AM   
 By:   Superman1701   (Member)

The concert and presigning events were a blast! It was awesome to see so many friends in the same room with all of the composers and such awesome musicians. The signing part went well, mostly Giacchino, Debney, Eidelman, Tyler, Isham, Navarro and Lennertz sat down to sign most of the time. Elfman slipped in quietly and no one saw him until his moment on stage at the end. After that, he slipped out faster then anyone and had an entourage that looked like the Secret Service. Hans Zimmer also slipped out and avoided the crowds. Myself, along with a couple other folks (including my dear friend Peter Hackman) managed to snag Hans Zimmer while he was smoking outside. I calmly went up to him and apologized for interruping his smoking and kindly asked him to sign...and to my surprise he signed everything I brought with me. He said he was nervous about the concert, and I assured him that he would do quite well and not to worry. He performed well. The concert was amazing in every sense of the word. John Powell sat in the audience but also came and went before anyone could stop him to sign anything. With the exception of a couple of us catching Zimmer earlier in the day, he, Powell, and Elfman were the hardest to catch up to and didnt shop up for any pre-events or signing.

 
 
 Posted:   May 13, 2013 - 8:50 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

To end things off, we had a piece from The Final Conflict (Jerry Goldsmith) as a preview of the upcoming Varese concert in October featuring other horror scores as well.

Great write-up.

What more can you tell me about this October Varese concert? First I'm hearing of it and I'm excited to think of attending, hoping to quell the sadness of missing out on the 35th.

Any more info on it would be great!!


It was in the full color deluxe program they gave out free, Varese Halloween Fright Night October 19 and the Varese Holiday Spectacular December 21. Obviously neither will have the array of composers this one had. But no doubt they will both have quite a number of them.

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2013 - 9:07 AM   
 By:   Kaya   (Member)

Hey everyone! I got to cover the red carpet, had front and center seats and attended the after party. Take a look at the pics that are up on Film.Music.Media for a recap of the night. I'm working on a video montage of highlights as well. Look for that at the end of the week. Enjoy!

http://www.filmmusicmedia.com/

 
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