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 Posted:   Jul 19, 2014 - 4:43 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Since Richard Kraft's pictures shows Desplat, Silvestri, Zimmer, Elfman, and Jackman at last night's performance I assume at least a couple will be there for tonight's.

https://www.facebook.com/richardkraftland?fref=pb&hc_location=friends_tab

http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/dreamworks-animation-concert-celebrating-20-years/2014-07-19

 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2014 - 8:51 PM   
 By:   Scott Bettencourt   (Member)

I went last night (my boss had a friend's box seats but wasn't feeling well so I ended up with the tickets) and really enjoyed it. I hadn't read anything about it beforehand, and since I tend to think of DreamWorks Animation as the musical province of Mr. Zimmer and his many collaborators (Powell, Gregson-Williams, Balfe, Jackman, other Gregson-Williams), it was a very pleasant surprise to see those people joined by the likes of Alan Silvestri and Alexandre Desplat conducting their own works (Croods and Rise of the Guardians, respectively).

I arrived later than I'd planned but earlier than my boxmates, so I ended up waiting by myself for about 25 minutes; in the box next to ours was a youngish, well-dressed man with a British accent (I assumed he was somebody's agent), who was similarly alone for a long time.

When they played the Puss 'n' Boots cue and they turned the spotlight on Henry Jackman in the audience, I was pleasantly shocked to see that he was the Brit in the box next to me (perhaps even more surprising was that my boss's friend's box was closer to the stage than Elfman's, Katzenberg's or Stephen Schwartz's.)

The only drawback to the concert, and I'm sure this is true of most film music concerts these day, is that the clips feature so much dialogue and sound effects. I suspect it's all too rare to see a clip shown with live-music-only at these events.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2014 - 9:26 PM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)


The only drawback to the concert, and I'm sure this is true of most film music concerts these day, is that the clips feature so much dialogue and sound effects. I suspect it's all too rare to see a clip shown with live-music-only at these events.


I didn't hear about this concert until it was far too late to attend. Plus I'm not a huge fan of the outdoor drinking & eating venue.

I too am really tired of seeing music conducted to picture with dialog & sound effects. If I wanted to see the movie, I'd rent it. It's too distracting from the music which is something you come to hear performed LIVE at these events.

James

 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2014 - 10:05 PM   
 By:   Scott Bettencourt   (Member)

The worst one for me like that was a United Artists concert at the Bowl where they played score to picture for the pre-credits sequence of Tomorrow Never Dies (pretty low on the long list of Bond cues I'd have chosen), and the sound effects were constantly doing battle with the music, and usually winning.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2014 - 12:46 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Special mention must go to Thomas Wilkins, whom I've seen conduct before, for keeping this whole night anchored and conducting the majority of the works. He kept the whole thing focused and dedicated to the art of the composer while Jack Black blew the roof off with his irreverence. Like Bond1965 I didn't know much about this concert until I saw Richard Kraft's pictures. I didn't expect so much guest conducting or fireworks. I don't mean musical fireworks, I mean literal fireworks. Also in this context the contrast between the Media Ventures style of writing and, in particular, Desplat's was dramatic. I know his style is considered old fashioned these days but the rewards seemed heavy on Desplat's side for my taste. No matter how you look at it, it was a star studded evening for film music fans.

 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2014 - 9:01 AM   
 By:   Matt B   (Member)

Took my family to last night's performance, and it was wonderful. The only thing I think they really whiffed on was not including Chicken Run, but what they did do was spectacular (even with film dialogue over it). My six year old was ecstatic.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2014 - 9:05 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

BTW the inimitable Jon Burlingame did the program notes.

AND John Powell and Hans Zimmer did not conduct, they performed in the orchestra!

 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2014 - 9:07 AM   
 By:   Scott Bettencourt   (Member)

BTW the inimitable Jon Burlingame did the program notes.

AND John Powell and Hans Zimmer did not conduct, they performed in the orchestra!


You're right about Powell and Zimmer. Jon was sitting near me, and his box was also closer to the stage than Elfman's, Katzenberg's or Schwartz's.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2014 - 10:15 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

BTW the inimitable Jon Burlingame did the program notes.

AND John Powell and Hans Zimmer did not conduct, they performed in the orchestra!


You're right about Powell and Zimmer. Jon was sitting near me, and his box was also closer to the stage than Elfman's, Katzenberg's or Schwartz's.


Frankly I am sometimes offered close seats to the Big Picture and refuse because then "The Big Picture" becomes a TV monitor. This might be what made the farther ones better.

 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2014 - 10:25 AM   
 By:   Scott Bettencourt   (Member)

One of the best things about the box we lucked into getting was that it was close but off to the side, so I could look directly at the orchestra and conductor, and much more easily ignore the screens, which tend to naturally draw the eye.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2014 - 6:29 PM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

The worst one for me like that was a United Artists concert at the Bowl where they played score to picture for the pre-credits sequence of Tomorrow Never Dies (pretty low on the long list of Bond cues I'd have chosen), and the sound effects were constantly doing battle with the music, and usually winning.

Well the "White Knight" track was played at the David Arnold concert a couple weeks ago in London and it was amazing! The orchestra nailed it and the audience loved it. And there were no video clips!

James

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2014 - 3:08 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Focus sucks, just listen.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2014 - 6:29 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

And a pretty rare sight for me, Desplat conducting Desplat:




 
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