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 Posted:   Mar 1, 2020 - 7:44 AM   
 By:   keky   (Member)

http://hollywoodinvienna.com/en/programme/hollywood-in-vienna-2020

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 1, 2020 - 1:23 PM   
 By:   Camillu   (Member)

Mixed feelings. I'll still try to nab a pair of tickets, because these concerts always impress me with how well executed they are. But I worry that the focus will be on songs, not score, with guest singers basically playing out a Disney greatest hits. Good stuff, but not as great as a concert of great score selections.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 1, 2020 - 1:26 PM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Haha, yeah.
Vienna loves to get its local crooners on stage to belt out those tunes, during their Hollywood concerts.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 1, 2020 - 1:45 PM   
 By:   knisper.shayan   (Member)

not a worthy honoree for what it´s worth.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 1, 2020 - 3:02 PM   
 By:   igger6   (Member)

not a worthy honoree for what it´s worth.

Hush, you! This is brilliant and well-deserved. But I also wish they could focus on his scores, which punch way above their weight considering his background and training, and which would be more in keeping with the series’ raison d’etre.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 1, 2020 - 9:47 PM   
 By:   John Rokesmith   (Member)

Menken is a fantastic choice and was right on top of my list of composers I haven't seen live before. I am really looking forward to a suite from The Hunchback of Notre-Dame which in my opinion is one the decade's best scores. Hopefully they will also do some of his lesser known works like Lincoln. And I can live with it if they throw in some of his songs. wink

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 3, 2020 - 4:41 AM   
 By:   John Rokesmith   (Member)

Tickets will go on sale March 5th 9:00 a.m. local Vienna time. Tickets generally sell out extremely fast with the exception of last year where they had a composer not that well known to the general public in Gabriel Yared. For those who are interested in attending don't forget that there will be a symposium which is generally held a couple of days earlier at the University of Music.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 9, 2020 - 1:25 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I've been waiting for a Menken concert on these here shores; one of the few living composers I would travel long-distance to see (that I haven't already seen and heard live). Alas, I'm completely drained of money at the moment, and will have to let this pass. Annoying.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2022 - 3:15 PM   
 By:   John Rokesmith   (Member)

The concerts will finally take place next month on the 23rd and 24th. For those who are attending the symposium with Mr. Mr. Menken has just been announced and will take place on September 21. He will also give a Masterclass on the 22nd. Tickets are available through the symposium link at the top of the Hollywood in Vienna website. The concerts themselves are sold out as far as I know.

Is anyone else attending?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2022 - 12:06 PM   
 By:   John Rokesmith   (Member)

I am just returning from the symposium. There was a great selection of guests who each gave individual talks. Among them were Michael Kosarin focusing on his collaboration with Menken from the Broadway Beauty and the Beast to the feature films. Especially hilarious was his analysis how the Yodeling song from Home on the Range was pieced together from 4 different singers where there were examples of having to combine two singers within a single letter. Then there was Randy Kerber who presented an overview of his career (highly entertaining). Afterwards we had Susan Egan talking about her work on the stage version of Beauty and the Beast and Hercules. And finally Alan Menken talked about his career with him playing some examples on piano (including an early advertising jingle). A geeat day. Looking forward to the concert on saturday which will include an extensive score suite from The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Can't wait.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2022 - 1:23 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I'm very envious, John. I had intended to go to Vienna this year (Menken is on my top 10 list of composers to interview that I haven't), but had to cancel. I also had to cancel Ghent/WSA next month. It all has to do with increased living and energy costs, limited finances, poor health and not enough time to prepare/research.

But enjoy yourself! Looking forward to seeing the concert footage when it becomes available.

 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2022 - 1:54 PM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

How does that Top 10 list look, Thor?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2022 - 2:08 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

How does that Top 10 list look, Thor?

I don't know. It's kinda fluid and I haven't really thought about it in a few years. But John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman (a proper sit-down interview, not just the brief red carpet one I did a few years ago), Alan Menken, Zbigniew Preisner (one that was actually RECORDED, not just live and unrecorded like the one I did this summer), any of the Tangerine Dream "originals" (Franke, Schmoelling, Baumann), Thomas Newman, Max Richter, John Powell, Harold Faltermeyer, Angelo Badalamenti, A.R. Rahman. That was more than 10, wasn't it? Oh, and also artists that aren't film composers, but who I would like to talk to ABOUT film music. Like JM Jarre or Paul Oakenfold.

 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2022 - 4:04 PM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

I guess a Faltermeyer Skype interview could be possible. I can help with the questions!

I am reading the Oakenfold autobiography now. There is a chapter about film scores.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2022 - 12:11 PM   
 By:   John Rokesmith   (Member)

I'm very envious, John. I had intended to go to Vienna this year (Menken is on my top 10 list of composers to interview that I haven't), but had to cancel. I also had to cancel Ghent/WSA next month. It all has to do with increased living and energy costs, limited finances, poor health and not enough time to prepare/research.

But enjoy yourself! Looking forward to seeing the concert footage when it becomes available.


Sorry to hear that you had to cancel. Everybody was very accommodating and I am pretty sure that you would have gotten your interview. This was probably the best symposium since the James Horner one which we both attended. Not just because of Menken but because nearly all the other guests (there were several more I haven't mentioned ranging from the producer of Vienna's upcoming revival of the The Hunchback of Notre-Dame stage show to the 2nd unit director of the live action The Little Mermaid) were winners.

I wish you all the best especially good health.

 
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