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 Posted:   Dec 6, 2019 - 4:14 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

IMPORTANT: Based on our previous ones these concerts WILL sell out pretty quickly so please buy your tickets earlier rather than later.

For those who have not attended our previous concerts, these were conceived by me over a lifetime of film music concert going. The emphasis is on the music I NEVER ever heard done by the composers themselves or anyone else. We include iconic Elmer Bernstein material like TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, THE GREAT ESCAPE, GHOSTBUSTERS and TRUE GRIT. But while we have you here we will explore scores that no one has ever played including WHERE’S JACK, ROBOT MONSTER, GOLD, THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL, I LOVE YOU ALICE B TOKLAS, HUD and many more. What’s even more extraordinary is the caliber of performers who have come to play at these concerts. Starting with our new music director William Malpede who has been working overtime on these orchestrations because he not only idolized Elmer Bernstein, Elmer was his mentor. Elmer taught him at USC so it is literally a labor of love for him. As it is for everyone onstage this time. Some of these performers have come from performing on the world’s largest stages including our three ladies Sara Andon, Nathalie Bonin and Circe Diaz Gamero. Quite a few are composers themselves like Nathalie . In fact our good friend, composer and oldest veteran Bruce Kimmel has put his Kritzerland overlay on the proceedings by polishing it up, and providing interesting background and his special humor to every piece.

If you want recommendations simply ask ANYONE who attended the Morricone including the wonderful people at Lalaland. Strangers who attended last year have stopped me on the street to praise it to the skies and ask when we are doing the next one.

Because the Autry is using this concert to determine whether the success of these programs are uniform for all composers and not just for a specific one they are doing something beneficial to customers but not necessarily the artists. Our spectacular Morricone concert had $20 tickets which really didn’t cover the costs of that concert. Now, for the last time, they are keeping the prices the same to make a comparison even though this concert is way more ambitious.

So again at these prices tickets will sell quickly and buy as soon as you can. The last concert there were quite a lot of unhappy campers who did not think it would sell out and were left out in the cold.


https://www.facebook.com/events/2487170394665365/


 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2019 - 10:56 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

BTW Anyone on here who attended the last one please come on here and tell us what you thought!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2019 - 11:04 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

We are at the stage of choosing what to play and what to drop so what would you guys like to hear in concert (and please try to keep away from things like "HEAVY METAL with a 100 piece orchestra" that we are not ready for yet)

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2019 - 12:13 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Well, I will bring up something unique about our concerts. I have been to a lot of film music concerts that consists of a handful of items on either side of an intermission. We, on the other hand, triple that giving close to 30 themes played during this event. I don't do this to create a quantity vs. quality situation. But when you deal with a composer like Elmer Bernstein, and last year's Enno Morricone, you need the widest sample possible to adequately describe the range and depth of their talent. There are those who think they know what Elmer is all about that might never have heard CAST A GIANT SHADOW, WHERE'S JACK, FROM NOON TILL THREE, I LOVE YOU ALICE B TOKLAS or even ROBOT MONSTER to see a very different side of this legendary composer.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2019 - 12:24 PM   
 By:   chrobb   (Member)

We are at the stage of choosing what to play and what to drop so what would you guys like to hear in concert (and please try to keep away from things like "HEAVY METAL with a 100 piece orchestra" that we are not ready for yet)

Everyone else is silent but I already bought tickets for the concerts and plane tickets to get there.

I am glad some pieces will get played that aren’t part of the standard Elmer concert repertoire. I would enjoy hearing some TV themes like Riverboat, Ellery Queen, Owen Marshall, Nat Geographic, NBC Best Sellers/ Captains and the Kings.

Thanks for your part in making this concert happen.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2019 - 9:07 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

We are at the stage of choosing what to play and what to drop so what would you guys like to hear in concert (and please try to keep away from things like "HEAVY METAL with a 100 piece orchestra" that we are not ready for yet)

Everyone else is silent but I already bought tickets for the concerts and plane tickets to get there.

I am glad some pieces will get played that aren’t part of the standard Elmer concert repertoire. I would enjoy hearing some TV themes like Riverboat, Ellery Queen, Owen Marshall, Nat Geographic, NBC Best Sellers/ Captains and the Kings.

Thanks for your part in making this concert happen.


Thank you chrobb! Indeed the silence here can de disconcerting. But what I learned on last year's concert was to pay attention to the 300 hits this thread has got. Based on sales those are the ones buying tickets, waiting to get their next paycheck to buy them or budgeting for it. Methinks the silence is so that too much attention is not paid to the show, so their target show does not sell out too early (which looks like it will be the matinee).

Indeed we have concentrated on the film music but have made room for at least one theme from Elmer's Broadway musicals and at least one from his television work. So one of your pieces WILL be played.

May I take the extra effort to reach out to you for possibly crossing state boarders to get here. Maybe we could meet or have coffee. I made a few friends who came from other states and even countries last year. To be honest if this wasn't my show but someone else's and if it were attempting even half of what we are attempting here, I would book a plane to come immediately (short of it being somewhere like Oslo).

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2019 - 11:41 AM   
 By:   chrobb   (Member)

We are at the stage of choosing what to play and what to drop so what would you guys like to hear in concert (and please try to keep away from things like "HEAVY METAL with a 100 piece orchestra" that we are not ready for yet)

Everyone else is silent but I already bought tickets for the concerts and plane tickets to get there.

I am glad some pieces will get played that aren’t part of the standard Elmer concert repertoire. I would enjoy hearing some TV themes like Riverboat, Ellery Queen, Owen Marshall, Nat Geographic, NBC Best Sellers/ Captains and the Kings.

Thanks for your part in making this concert happen.


Thank you chrobb! Indeed the silence here can de disconcerting. But what I learned on last year's concert was to pay attention to the 300 hits this thread has got. Based on sales those are the ones buying tickets, waiting to get their next paycheck to buy them or budgeting for it. Methinks the silence is so that too much attention is not paid to the show, so their target show does not sell out too early (which looks like it will be the matinee).

Indeed we have concentrated on the film music but have made room for at least one theme from Elmer's Broadway musicals and at least one from his television work. So one of your pieces WILL be played.

May I take the extra effort to reach out to you for possibly crossing state boarders to get here. Maybe we could meet or have coffee. I made a few friends who came from other states and even countries last year. To be honest if this wasn't my show but someone else's and if it were attempting even half of what we are attempting here, I would book a plane to come immediately (short of it being somewhere like Oslo).


Coffee or whiskey; we’re flexible in such matters.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2019 - 1:41 PM   
 By:   bagby   (Member)

IMPORTANT: Based on our previous ones these concerts WILL sell out pretty quickly so please buy your tickets earlier rather than later.

For those who have not attended our previous concerts, these were conceived by me over a lifetime of film music concert going. The emphasis is on the music I NEVER ever heard done by the composers themselves or anyone else. We include iconic Elmer Bernstein material like TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, THE GREAT ESCAPE, GHOSTBUSTERS and TRUE GRIT. But while we have you here we will explore scores that no one has ever played including WHERE’S JACK, ROBOT MONSTER, GOLD, THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL, I LOVE YOU ALICE B TOKLAS, HUD and many more. What’s even more extraordinary is the caliber of performers who have come to play at these concerts. Starting with our new music director William Malpede who has been working overtime on these orchestrations because he not only idolized Elmer Bernstein, Elmer was his mentor. Elmer taught him at USC so it is literally a labor of love for him. As it is for everyone onstage this time. Some of these performers have come from performing on the world’s largest stages including our three ladies Sara Andon, Nathalie Bonin and Circe Diaz Gamero. Quite a few are composers themselves like Nathalie . In fact our good friend, composer and oldest veteran Bruce Kimmel has put his Kritzerland overlay on the proceedings by polishing it up, and providing interesting background and his special humor to every piece.

If you want recommendations simply ask ANYONE who attended the Morricone including the wonderful people at Lalaland. Strangers who attended last year have stopped me on the street to praise it to the skies and ask when we are doing the next one.

Because the Autry is using this concert to determine whether the success of these programs are uniform for all composers and not just for a specific one they are doing something beneficial to customers but not necessarily the artists. Our spectacular Morricone concert had $20 tickets which really didn’t cover the costs of that concert. Now, for the last time, they are keeping the prices the same to make a comparison even though this concert is way more ambitious.

So again at these prices tickets will sell quickly and buy as soon as you can. The last concert there were quite a lot of unhappy campers who did not think it would sell out and were left out in the cold.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-music-of-elmer-bernstein-tickets-85307179069




Tickets purchased for Saturday's afternoon concert. Thumbs up.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2019 - 8:57 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

IMPORTANT: Based on our previous ones these concerts WILL sell out pretty quickly so please buy your tickets earlier rather than later.

For those who have not attended our previous concerts, these were conceived by me over a lifetime of film music concert going. The emphasis is on the music I NEVER ever heard done by the composers themselves or anyone else. We include iconic Elmer Bernstein material like TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, THE GREAT ESCAPE, GHOSTBUSTERS and TRUE GRIT. But while we have you here we will explore scores that no one has ever played including WHERE’S JACK, ROBOT MONSTER, GOLD, THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL, I LOVE YOU ALICE B TOKLAS, HUD and many more. What’s even more extraordinary is the caliber of performers who have come to play at these concerts. Starting with our new music director William Malpede who has been working overtime on these orchestrations because he not only idolized Elmer Bernstein, Elmer was his mentor. Elmer taught him at USC so it is literally a labor of love for him. As it is for everyone onstage this time. Some of these performers have come from performing on the world’s largest stages including our three ladies Sara Andon, Nathalie Bonin and Circe Diaz Gamero. Quite a few are composers themselves like Nathalie . In fact our good friend, composer and oldest veteran Bruce Kimmel has put his Kritzerland overlay on the proceedings by polishing it up, and providing interesting background and his special humor to every piece.

If you want recommendations simply ask ANYONE who attended the Morricone including the wonderful people at Lalaland. Strangers who attended last year have stopped me on the street to praise it to the skies and ask when we are doing the next one.

Because the Autry is using this concert to determine whether the success of these programs are uniform for all composers and not just for a specific one they are doing something beneficial to customers but not necessarily the artists. Our spectacular Morricone concert had $20 tickets which really didn’t cover the costs of that concert. Now, for the last time, they are keeping the prices the same to make a comparison even though this concert is way more ambitious.

So again at these prices tickets will sell quickly and buy as soon as you can. The last concert there were quite a lot of unhappy campers who did not think it would sell out and were left out in the cold.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-music-of-elmer-bernstein-tickets-85307179069




Tickets purchased for Saturday's afternoon concert. Thumbs up.


Thanks Bagby for the support!

Getting tickets sold basically helps guarantee we can continue these with the unheralded and unplayed works of other great composers.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2019 - 9:08 AM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

I like Chrobb's suggestion about including some of Elmer's TV work, especially since you're planning to present some not-overly-famiiiar Bernsteiniana. I myself was thinking it would be nice to have at least one piece from G.E.THEATER. (There's a lot of wonderful stuff he wrote for G.E. which there wasn't room to include on the G. E THEATER LP.) Of course, some of his TV material wasn't exacty "unfamiliar." Who hasn't heard his theme from those Public Broadcasting National Geographic documentaries?

Overall, I'm thrilled about the whole gestalt. The Autry Morricone concert was outstanding in every way, and I couldn't ask for a more exciting follow-up than this tribute/sampling of the Magnificent Elmer.

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2019 - 7:45 PM   
 By:   MusicUnite   (Member)

I can understand why most people have refrained from not commenting on this concert. It is not disinterest or a lack of passion for Bernstein's work, it is a simple matter of location. Unless one lives in Cali (or bordering states) it would be quite expensive to attend.

I truly would love to be there, but I'm over 2,000 miles away. I wish the very best for all concerned with this concert.

And I'll add my 2 cents as to what TV show theme of Bernstein's that should be
performed (even if I'm not there!). Forget "G.E Theater", forget "Nat'l Geographic" and listen to this powerful and majestic theme ...

go to the 3:18 mark https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ocf_fSMSkgU

Jay

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2019 - 8:30 PM   
 By:   peterproud   (Member)

I would absolutely love to come to one of these concerts but the dates never seem to work out for me. I'm in LA in Feb and Mar but not Jan frown
Have a great concert! If I was able to attend, my Bernstein picks would be something from Henry Orient or Meatballs...

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2019 - 11:12 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

I can understand why most people have refrained from not commenting on this concert. It is not disinterest or a lack of passion for Bernstein's work, it is a simple matter of location. Unless one lives in Cali (or bordering states) it would be quite expensive to attend.

I truly would love to be there, but I'm over 2,000 miles away. I wish the very best for all concerned with this concert.

And I'll add my 2 cents as to what TV show theme of Bernstein's that should be
performed (even if I'm not there!). Forget "G.E Theater", forget "Nat'l Geographic" and listen to this powerful and majestic theme ...

go to the 3:18 mark https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ocf_fSMSkgU

Jay


Very impressive but I don't think I can entirely dismiss the similarities to NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.

Indeed I know the majority here are too far away for something like this. BUT with some 18,000 on this board I am very confidant that the number close to Los Angeles HAVE to be in the hundreds. So, considering that, the responses tend to be minuscule, but that is traditional. The important part are those 500 hits. That is where the ticketbuyers are coming from. The silent majority.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2019 - 12:07 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I truly would love to be there, but I'm over 2,000 miles away. I wish the very best for all concerned with this concert.

And I live about 8.500 kilometers away (or about 5300 miles)! So no chance. But it looks like a concert I would definitely have attended. Bernstein doesn't often get full concerts like these, and it's so refreshing with an old-school concert rather than those live-to-film thingies. And especially cool that it's not just a 'greatest hits' concert.

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2019 - 2:14 PM   
 By:   CCW1970   (Member)

Coffee or whiskey; we’re flexible in such matters.

This guy gets it.

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2019 - 2:15 PM   
 By:   CCW1970   (Member)

Purchased tickets for me and my family for the Saturday concert.

Can't wait!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2019 - 7:54 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

I truly would love to be there, but I'm over 2,000 miles away. I wish the very best for all concerned with this concert.

And I live about 8.500 kilometers away (or about 5300 miles)! So no chance. But it looks like a concert I would definitely have attended. Bernstein doesn't often get full concerts like these, and it's so refreshing with an old-school concert rather than those live-to-film thingies. And especially cool that it's not just a 'greatest hits' concert.



Thank you, Thor! You put it into a nutshell. Too many (not all) of the to-film concerts I have attended have put the music where it usually dwells, behind the screen and behind the movie. Also the majority of what we will be playing has seldom or never been played before in concert. Even by Elmer. Our music director William Malpede, who was Elmer's student and a lifelong fan, had never heard some of these pieces. Watching him be astonished at all this "new" music, and what he can do with it, was worth all the problems we have been beset with. Indeed sitting in the audience last year at the Morricone concert I said to myself "this audience and I may be listening to the only time some of these pieces will EVER be heard in concert". Which made me feel humble.

Of course the goal here is to change all that.

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2019 - 8:15 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

I hope you are recording these!

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2019 - 8:25 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Thank you, Thor! You put it into a nutshell. Too many (not all) of the to-film concerts I have attended have put the music where it usually dwells, behind the screen and behind the movie. Also the majority of what we will be playing has seldom or never been played before in concert. Even by Elmer. Our music director William Malpede, who was Elmer's student and a lifelong fan, had never heard some of these pieces. Watching him be astonished at all this "new" music, and what he can do with it, was worth all the problems we have been beset with. Indeed sitting in the audience last year at the Morricone concert I said to myself "this audience and I may be listening to the only time some of these pieces will EVER be heard in concert".

A project well worth continuing. Would have loved to hear MARIE WARD in concert, for example. Over the last decade or so, this has quickly rocketed to be one of my alltime Bernstein favourites, and while relatively known, still not on the level of MAG 7, GREAT ESCAPE, GHOSTBUSTERS, MOCKINGBIRD etc.

Not to derail your thread, but Nils (who you know) has managed to program a concert of John Williams music next year here in Oslo (with his marching band -- one of Norway's best -- accompanied by choir and renowned soloists), which I will be hosting. In addition to the 'hits', there are the world concert premieres of two rare JW pieces that you'll never see in any 'mainstream' Williams concert. So a similar philosophy to this Autry concept you speak of. Wish there were more of that around the world.

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2019 - 9:47 AM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

Tickets purchased! Thanks for the head's up!

 
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