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 Posted:   Jul 10, 2013 - 6:43 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

From Jon Burlingame's article in Variety:

Beginning next year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will showcase its Oscar-nominated songs and scores in a live concert a few days before the awards ceremony itself.

On Wednesday, music-branch governors Charles Fox, Arthur Hamilton and David Newman announced that the first such concert will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27, at Royce Hall on the campus of the University of California at Los Angeles.

“A symphony orchestra of Los Angeles studio musicians will perform a suite from each score of up to 10 minutes in length,” the governors said. “Subject to availability, each original composer will conduct his or her own work. We’re planning for brief onstage conversation with composers and their directors about the process of creating music for motion pictures.”

They expressed the hope that the nominated songwriters and the original artists will perform their own songs live. The fact that the concert is just three days before the Oscar ceremony makes this possible, and perhaps even likely.

The governors noted that, while the singers and songwriters of nominated songs have frequently performed their tunes on the Oscarcast, “the musical scores… have not been performed on the Oscars in a fully realized way because of the length of the show.” And the length of the show (rarely less than three hours) makes such performances less and less likely as the years go on.

“This concert is truly a milestone in Oscar music history,” the governors said, “placing Oscar-nominated music center stage in what will hopefully become an annual event.”

Whether this live concert — which is not expected to be televised, and thus not available to anyone outside of the L.A. area — will mean that song performances will be dropped from the telecast, was not clear from the statement. The governors could not be reached for further comment late Wednesday.

 Posted:   Jul 10, 2013 - 7:14 PM   
 By:   Jon Broxton   (Member)

This is fantastic news. I hope it will be open to the general public!

 Posted:   Jul 10, 2013 - 7:34 PM   
 By:   nipotente   (Member)

If a Hans Zimmer score is nominated, will like 10 different guys show up and conduct it?

It's a joke!

Sounds like a fun and innovative idea!

 Posted:   Jul 11, 2013 - 8:33 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

I wonder who conducts if the composer is not a conductor like Elfman? Probably David Newman.

 Posted:   Jul 11, 2013 - 9:37 AM   
 By:   KonstantinosZ   (Member)

It's unfortunate that it won't be televised! frown
It sounds very interesting!

 Posted:   Jul 11, 2013 - 11:31 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

It's unfortunate that it won't be televised! frown
It sounds very interesting!

I believe the Academy records everything it does. So the possibility is it might be streamed, highlights put on their website and, especially, highlights played at the Oscars like they do for the Governor's and tech awards.

 Posted:   Jul 11, 2013 - 3:27 PM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

I can't believe it's taken them this long to have this idea!

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